Meet Silifa, a Batonga Scholar in Benin

Meet Silifa, a Batonga Scholar in Benin

27th November 2013

Silifa is 15 years old, in her third year of secondary school in Nikki, Benin.  In her class of 42 students, only 13 are girls. Silifa is able to attend secondary school through Batonga’s support. Silifa comes from a polygamous family, where her mother was one of three wives. When she was 5 years old, Silifa’s father died. Her mother remarried, and now Silifa is one of six children.  While her brothers attend school, Silifa’s sisters have never had the chance to attend school.  Silfa’s best subjects are Biology and Mathematics. She wants to become a member of the Benin Police Force.

“I am very interested in tutoring activities and sessions on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health organized by Batonga. With Batonga’s guidance, I became determined to not marry at the first opportunity and drop out of school. In my village there are many girls who have dropped out because they became pregnant…if I am able to stay in school, it is thanks to the Batonga program, and I am grateful.”



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