For so many girls, trouble with shyness begins with family education and continues in school. Girls in Mali, especially in small, rural villages, continue to be unfairly discriminated against because of their sex. They are deprived of school simply because they are born girls. According to the parents in the villages their schooling is of no importance because their destiny is to be married young and to take care of household chores and children. During Mali Rising's teacher training for capacity building in December, a day was devoted solely to gender, with a theme of "Shyness of girls and gender equity in school settings.”
Thanks to our donors, since 2015 we have organized training for the teachers in all of our middle schools. In December 2018, the capital of Banimonotié, Bougouni, witnessed this theater, which was a chance for our teachers to refresh their knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching. Animated by a gift of perpetual quest for knowledge, 41 Mali Rising teachers left their families and leisure time to come and acquire the needed tools to improve the futures of their students.
Last week, more than 40 Mali Rising teachers came together for 5 days of training and sharing ideas. This is all thanks to our generous supporters, who understand that a school is only as good as its teachers. Thanks to our donors, each Mali Rising school now has two teachers with more skills to share with their students!
Today is the opening day of Mali Rising’s Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest. From now until March 31 at midnight, U.S. high school students have a chance to weigh in on an important international topic in a short essay…and a chance at (modest) fortune and (modest) fame!
This week our donors’ generosity is taking form as a gathering of more than 40 teachers from 21 Mali Rising schools. This year is the fourth year that donors have funded training sessions, and to date we have helped more than 120 teachers.
Mali Rising Foundation is trying something new to make sure our Girls Project is sustainable — micro-finance loans through our Mothers’ Loan Fund. With this new micro-finance project, more than 30 mothers in our three pilot villages will benefit from credit to finance their small businesses.
It’s not too late! Really. If you celebrate Christmas and you’ve hit that full panic and feel you’ve left things too late to ever find a meaningful gift for the woman in your life…you’re in luck! You can still give the gift of 50 Women membership to your loved one, and the gift of an education to girls in Mali.
At Mali Rising Foundation, we know that building schools is amazing, but not sufficient when it comes to ensuring real learning for our students. Providing good training to our teachers is one of the most valuable things we can do to keep kids learning. One of the ways Mali Rising Foundation helps our teacher is to host teacher peer meetings. Education experts tell us these meetings are unique in the whole country and makes our village schools different from the others
As part of keeping girls in school, Mali Rising’s Girls Project initiated a new activity that will allow girls to have not only theoretical knowledge but also practical knowledge. This month, our session with the girls focused on "good nutrition.” The purpose of this activity is to teach girls the different nutritious foods, the composition of a balanced breakfast, the importance of breakfast especially for teenagers, how to eat well. The aim is to give girls the love of school through the preparation of new dishes with local products. Our dish of the day was bean dumplings and vegetable salads.
Our first Youth Ambassador projects are up and running, and we couldn’t be more proud of what these great high school students are achieving! Case in point: Vishal’s outreach project. Vishal envisioned and designed his own project at at a local library and reached 103 people!