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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso
Zongnaba Ramata
Zongnaba Ramata

"On every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.” —US President Barak Obama

It is a joy to share photos of three young village women in primary school teacher training this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors!   These women are excited to be embarking on their professional training and futures in education.

This holiday season, we have a huge opportunity to support other young, smart and hard-working post secondary girls in northern Burkina Faso eager to become primary school teachers.  Primary school teacher training will qualify them for productive employment and enable the government to increase the number of primary school teachers in underserved villages where parents are desperate to send their children to school.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 is your opportunity to double your support for primary school teacher training because Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative will MATCH ALL DONATIONS AT 100%!  The details:

  • 100% matching begins December 3rd, 2013, at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET (9:00:01 PT) and will end December 4th, 2013, at 12:00:00 PM (noon) ET, or when matching funds run out. 
  • The $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft are likely to run out very early (within the first hour) so we strongly encourage you to donate early!
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project 
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching 
  • Donations made by gift card, check, or text-to-give are not eligible 

Make #GivingTuesday a day to give back and create a better world for children in Burkina Faso.

Our sincere thanks for your help in launching our primary school teachers of tomorrow and helping to build access to education in rural Burkina Faso.

Our very best wishes to you and your loved ones during this holiday season.

Ouedraogo Salimata de O.
Ouedraogo Salimata de O.
Ouedraogo Salimata de N.
Ouedraogo Salimata de N.
Ouedraogo Angelique, nursing training
Ouedraogo Angelique, nursing training

Attached are photos of four young women for whom you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, have provided scholarships to post secondary training this school year.  Other photos will follow shortly.  Three of these girls are entering primary school teacher training and one is entering nursing training.  They are very grateful for the scholarships they have received, enabling them to acquire training in education and health.  All are village girls who gained their initial access to their primary school educations with the assistance of the Lambs Support Girls' Education Project (GlobalGiving project #1818).   

We are proud to announce that  to date, ALL of the 54 young women supported by this project have now either graduated from their training and are employed (18) or are currently in training/education programs (36):  100% success among well-selected and highly motivated young women!

Our sincere thanks to all of you  who have made, and are making, this journey possible.  Your continuing support will enable an even larger number of girls to pursue post secondary training/education next year!

Thank you!

Savadogo Alimata, nursing training
Savadogo Alimata, nursing training

Thanks to your generous support to this project and to the microprojects associated with this project, we are able to offer six scholarships this year for post secondary education and training for girls in northern Burkina Faso.  The scholarships will be for midwifery training (1), 3-year nursing training (2), and primary school teacher training (3).  We moved funds from 2-year nursing training into 3-nursing training and primary school teacher training because the Government of Burkina Faso is not currently offering exams for entrance into civil service for 2-year nurses.

With the addition of scholarships from two other generous partners, we are offering a total of 21 scholarships this year for: Master’s level law studies (1), university education (1), midwifery training (5), 3-year nursing training (4), and primary school teacher training (10).  Association NEEED, our partner organization in Burkina, is in the process of publicizing the availability of scholarships and will soon begin the selection process in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education.

Although we are extremely pleased to be able to offer this many scholarships this year, we are also mindful that over 200 qualified girls apply for these scholarships each year.   We hope to be able to offer scholarships to more girls next year, enabling them to acquire an education and a profession.

Of the 33 girls we have supported in the past three years, 26 have successfully completed their post secondary training and six are progressing satisfactorily in their training.  The girls have been well selected and have taken their studies seriously.

In our next report, we will share photos of the girls who you have so generously enabled to enroll in post secondary training this year.  In the meantime, our most sincere thank you for your past and continuing support for the post secondary education and training for the outstanding girls who ask only for a hand-up.

According to the U.N. Fund for Population Activities, “Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process.   Educating women has a more significant impact on poverty and development than men’s education.  It is also the most influential factor in improving child health and reducing infant mortality”.

Thanks to you, our generous GlobalGiving partners, at least six village girls in northern Burkina Faso will go on to post-secondary training (primary school teacher training, 2 & 3 year nursing training and midwifery training) this fall.  Your generous support through the microprojects and through this “parent” project has made this possible.  

On average, 200 qualified village girls have applied for our scholarships in each of the past three years.  Of the 33 girls whose post secondary training/education we have supported, 14 have successfully completed their training/education and 19 are currently in school.  Twelve of the 14 graduates are actively employed and two are awaiting civil service exams to enter government service. 

As you can see, the demand is great and the girls who have received our scholarships are successful.   With your generous and continuing support, we aim to double the number of girls we support this fall, including supporting at least one girl at the university level.  

A heads up: Wednesday, June 12, is GlobalGiving’s biggest Bonus Day of the year.   GlobalGiving will match all donations to this project by 50% up to a maximum $1,000 donation.  To qualify for matching funds, donations must be made through the GlobalGiving website.

Thanks again for your support!

In the past 3 years, 33 village girls who have completed secondary school have received scholarships from Friends of Burkina Faso.  These scholarships have enabled them to continue their studies in primary school teacher training, nursing and midwifery training and at the university.  Thanks to the seriousness with which our partner NGO and government authorities in Burkina Faso take the selection process, coupled with the hard work of the young women that have been selected, 100% of these young women  have either successfully completed their training programs or are currently proceeding successfully in their training.   These training opportunities enable young village women to develop useful skills and to pursue professions that contribute to their society.  

For every secondary school graduate who receives one of our scholarships in northern Burkina Faso, there are many more qualified girls who must return to their villages due only to the lack of funds to continue their studies.

March 13 is Bonus Day!  Donations will be matched by 30% as long as funds last.  Please save the date, donate early in the day, and automatically increase the value of your generous donation to next year's secondary graduates selected for training in northern Burkina Faso.

As always, our sincere thanks for your past and continuing support of these girls.


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Suzanne Plopper
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