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Post secondary Education for Girls in Burkina Faso

by Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF)
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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
Salimata, future primary school teacher
Salimata, future primary school teacher

Salimata is one of six young village women in northern Burkina Faso who is benefitting from a post secondary training scholarship this year thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors. Salimata is 22 years old and is from the village of Duekoue. She is in her first year of primary school teacher training. Salimata and her family were ecstatic when they learned that she had received a GlobalGiving donor-sponsored scholarship allowing her to pursue teacher training. Because her family members are indigent farmers (her father has passed away), prior to receiving her scholarship, Salimata was following the only avenue open to her: staying in a nearby town, taking a night course and trying to find work in town.

Salimata says that the most interesting aspect of her teacher training is being with young children and trying to understand them better in the context of their developmental stages and corresponding ability to learn. And the most difficult aspect of her training: the hard work required to succeed at each step of her training. She added that by being in this training, she has learned to be responsible for herself and to earn respect in life. Salimata sincerely thanks GlobalGiving donors for her scholarship.

We will continue to share with you stories of other young women whom you have enabled to pursue their dreams of a post secondary education. We are proud of all 54 young women whose post secondary educations we have supported through scholarships. 100% of them have either graduated or are currently pursuing their educations.

Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity: this project is a Microsoft YouthSpark project on GlobalGiving. All online donations to YouthSpark projects on GlobalGiving will be matched at 50% by Microsoft on April 16th. There will be $100,000 in matching funds (so donate early).   There will be a bonus prize of $10,000 for the project with the most unique donors!

Our sincere thanks for your continued support!

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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.
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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
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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.

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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!

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Suzanne Plopper
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