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

Thanks to your very generous support over the past year,14 young village women in northern Burkina Faso are receiving scholarships this academic year for training as primary school teachers.  This is more than twice the number of scholarships we were able to offer last year in partnership with GlobalGiving donors! 

What does this mean for the individual scholarship recipients and for primary education in Burkina Faso?  For the young women who receive the scholarships, it is an opportunity they would otherwise never have had to receive professional training qualifying them to become primary school teachers.  For rural communities in particular in Burkina Faso, it enables the government to assign teachers to villages that have built simple classrooms out of local materials in hopes of giving at least some of their children the chance to go to school.   Every additional trained teacher allows for extending primary education to additional villages.  And most of our scholarship recipients are assigned to such village primary schools upon completion of their training. 

In a recent address to the U.N. on gender issues, Emma Watson (of Harry Potter film fame) stated that, at current rates, it will take until 2086 for all rural African women to achieve a secondary education.  We are proud to be part of a very successful program aimed at accelerating educational opportunities for girls and young women in Burkina Faso.

Photos of, and information about, the young women receiving this year's GlobalGiving/Friends of Burkina Faso scholarships will be forthcoming soon.  Association NEEED (who runs the program in northern Burkina Faso) is currently making the final selection of candidates and organizing the logistics of getting scholarship recipients enrolled and settled into their respective training programs.  We will post photos and information about the young women that you, our GG partners, have so generously supported as soon as they become available.

We are very proud of the outstanding progress of this project over the past five years and what it has meant to young women in Burkina Faso who have benefitted from our scholarships.  Beginning in 2010 when Friends of Burkina Faso offered 13 scholarships (the total for the program that year), our continued generous support of girls’ postsecondary education in Burkina has been a major driving force in helping the project to attract additional donors worldwide to support the education of more village girls each year.  In addition to the 14 girls receiving GlobalGiving/Friends of Burkina Faso scholarships this year, Friends of Burkina Faso is supporting scholarships for six additional young women to receive primary school teacher training, six young women to pursue university studies, and three young women to pursue midwifery training.  Of the 54 students to whom we have provided scholarships to date, 28 have completed their training and are working (as primary school teachers, nurses and midwives), 22 are entering their next year of training and four are awaiting results of year-end exams. 

We are most appreciative of the generous donations of our GlobalGiving partners since we teamed up with GlobalGiving in 2013 in support of this project.  We welcome your continued support.

Thank you!

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We have just received year-end grades for the three young village women to whom we provided postsecondary scholarships for primary school teacher training this past year, thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors.  All three students passed their first year of training with high marks.  In the words of one student, Zong-Naba Ramata, “My sincere thank you for giving us this opportunity to become teachers, to understand child development and behavior, and to prepare ourselves to educate young children”.  (We are awaiting grades for the two nursing students and one midwifery student who also received scholarships thanks to generous GlobalGiving donors.)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, Microsoft is offering donors to this project (and other youth projects) 100% matching funds – until the $200,000 in matching funds run out.  This is a rare opportunity for you to double the effect of your donation and to provide the opportunity for additional young village women to become teachers and contribute to the education of the next generation of children in Burkina Faso

Mark your calendars:  Wednesday, June 25 only: your donation will be matched at 100%!

  • The Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day will begin June 25 at 12:00:00 PM (EDT) (noon)/9:00AM (PDT)and will end June 26, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). The $200,000 matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor.  I strongly encourage you to donate at 12:00 PM (EDT/noon)/9:00 AM PDT in order to benefit from the 100% matching funds.  Matching funds will go fast.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds.

To make your donation, go to

On behalf of the six young women whose scholarships were supported by GlobalGiving donors this year, I want to thank you for your generous support.


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Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher
Salimata Ouedraogo, future teacher

Calling all past, current and future partners of girls’ education in Burkina Faso.  Thanks to Microsoft, today, April 16, beginning at 12 noon EST, 9am PST, is a big bonus day on GlobalGiving.  There are two different options to help grow your donation:

  1. Donations up to $1000 will be matched 50% while funds last.
  2. For anyone who wishes to begin making recurring donations to this project, today, April 16 is the dayA new recurring donation will be matched 50% for Bonus Day, while funds last.   PLUS, Microsoft will match 100% of NEW recurring donations (with a $500 maximum) for the first 3 months if you begin the recurring donation on Wed. April 16th  (all matching begins at 12 noon EST/9am PST).

If you were thinking about donating, this is the perfect time. Just click on the project link below to get to the project page and then click on orange DONATE. Choose the recurring donation choice below orange button.


Attached are photos of some of the girls that you helped to send to postsecondary training this year.  We posted a message from Salimata in March.  We will post messages from each of the other girls over the next few months


If you have any questions about this project or how the girls are benefitting from your support, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at I am happy to answer any questions you might have.


THANK YOU for your on-going support for the education of these girls.

Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ramata Zongnaba, future teacher
Ki Viviene, future midwife
Ki Viviene, future midwife
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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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Location: Chester, CA - USA
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Suzanne Plopper
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