14th November 2013
• The literacy rate for women in Mali is less than 20% (UNESCO).
• Only 17% of girls in Mali attend secondary school, even fewer in northern Mali (UNESCO).
• 25% of women are married before they turn 15 (PLAN UK).
Investment in Secondary Education:
Since 2007, Batonga has supported 78 girls in Kidal, Mali, one of the toughest and most isolated places in the world. These girls, all of whom are disadvantaged, have overcome daunting obstacles in order to pursue their education. In partnership with World Education, Batonga is supporting the scholars from grade 7 through grade 12 with tuition, uniforms, and school supplies.
Mentoring and Tutoring:
Batonga also provides scholars with mentoring activities that help build self-esteem and promote healthy living, safe-sex practices, and good hygiene. Remedial classes in Math, Chemistry, Physics, English, and French also allow the girls to seek one-on-one attention from teachers.
*Unfortunately, our work in Mali has been disrupted temporarily due to the recent eruption of violence in the country. Currently we are working hard to keep track of our girls and work with local NGOs and organizations to provide any assistance that we can to ensure their safety and health.
Since 2007, we have supported
78 girls with secondary school educational support and mentoring programs
78 guardians/families with in-kind donations to offset the cost of sending the girls to school
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