Back to School News – 2017

Even with severe instability in Mali, our sister organization confirms that 23 students, who have received scholarships year after year, are still in school!  All but one 6th grader have progressed to higher grades. Here is the breakdown for the 2017-2018 school year which began in early October.

Several scholars holding their new backpacks
Several scholars holding their new backpacks.

L’ecole Ouolodo A

  • Djeneba Z.     6eme classe

L’ecole Ouolodo Second Cycle

  • Gouanze T.     7eme classe
  • Kadia C.     7eme classe
  • Sekoura C.     7eme classe
  • Maimouna T.     7eme classe
  • Djeneba D.     7eme classe
  • Alima D.     7eme classe
  • Maimouna C.     8eme classe
  • Sadio D.     8eme classe
  • Alima D. D.    8eme classe
  • Diansoin D.    8eme classe
  • Djaneke D.     8eme classe
  • Fatoumata C.    9eme classe
  • Awa D.        9eme classe
  • Aminata D.    9eme classe
  • Mariam T.    9eme classe
  • Kadia D.    9eme classe
  • Farima D.    9eme classe

L’ecole N’Tjilla

  •     Bah C.     8eme classe
  •     Soundie C.    8eme classe
  •     Fanta D.     9eme classe

L’ecole Warala

  •     Kimissa D.     8eme classe
  •     Sira D.        9eme classe

In remote rural villages, attitudes seem to be changing. One scholar says: “My mom lets me study rather than cook after school.” More change is evident among Les Filles Unies. Now boys and men participate in meetings and join Les Filles Unies in regular visits to check in on the scholarship students.

Principal of L'ecole Ouolodo Secondaire Cycle, teacher, 9th grade scholars Awa, Fatoumata, Miriam and 8th grader Maimouma, Les Filles Unies President Fatoumata Coulibaly.
Left to right: Principal of L’ecole Ouolodo Secondaire Cycle, teacher, 9th grade scholars Awa, Fatoumata, Miriam and 8th grader Maimouma, Les Filles Unies President Fatoumata Coulibaly and one active member of our sister organization urging girls and boys to stay in school and delay marriage.

Since the start of our Mali Girls Scholarship Program back in 2004, which grew to support 75 girls, this 100% volunteer-run effort still means a $75 investment will cover the cost of tuition, books, school supplies and mentoring for one girl for an entire school year. School Girls Unite wants these 23 students to complete 9th grade. That may seem like a modest goal but less than 1% of Malian girls living in extreme poverty reach this level of secondary education.

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