My name is Mariam. I am 25 years old. Thanks to Assn NEEED, as a young child I was able to enter primary school with the help of the Lambs Support Girls’ Education Project and my lambs supported my education through secondary school. I graduated from secondary school in 2015 and was fortunate to receive a scholarship from Assn NEEED to primary school teacher training. Today, I am a primary school teacher in a village. My students are wonderful and love to learn. We are like one big family.
Last year, I observed that a 9-year old student in my class could not focus on her studies and was mostly sleeping in class. During recess one day, I talked with her and learned that her mother had died and her father married another woman who forced this young girl to do all of the domestic chores. This kept her up late at night and got her up very early in the morning. She was not able to complete school work nor learn her lessons. I took the issue to my school director and we called her father in to meet with us and the president of the Parent Teachers Association. Ultimately, the father understood that it is inappropriate to force his daughter to do all of the domestic chores, and he understood the importance of allowing his daughter time to study and to rest. As a consequence, at the end of the year, this student scored 11th academically out of 96 students in my class.
These are the teachers your donations support: young women who have been challenged themselves and who are serious about the education of the next generation of village children in Burkina Faso.
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