Let’s come together, help our children and provide them with quality education.
Over one million children – nearly one-third – of primary school age are out of school in Mali. In 2017, the rate of secondary school-aged children who were out of school was over 60%. Children face a myriad of challenges in their quest to get an education: child labour, child marriage, lack of quality schools close to home and a deteriorating security situation which has forced over 700 schools to shut. For those who go to school, the lack of qualified teachers, textbooks and quality of the school environment has negative effects on learning results. The vast majority of fifth grade students in Mali still lack basic math and reading skills. In order to provide additional support to the 2300 school children of Hawa-Dembaya, with association with its partner BWSC, Albatros Energy has started a summer school program for 348 students in mathematics, physics, chemistry and French courses in the Médine School for a one-month period (Summer 2018 and Summer 2019)
I always had difficulties in Mathematics, so I went to summer classes. My teacher was very patient with me. We went over all the courses I didn’t understand and now I’m more than ready for next academic year.
In Mali, most families hold onto cultural beliefs that a girl’s role is as wife and mother, not as student or professional. Thus, Albatros put a specific focus on the inclusion of girls in the science-oriented summer school program, aiming to strengthen the parents’ awareness for gender equality.
First, I wasn’t very happy with my daughter at ending summer classes, because summer vacation is the only time, she helps me selling at the market, and I can show her how to cook or do other things a young woman needs to do. She convinced me and she attended the classes. This was a wise decision, as she now has better grades and helps me with my accounting as well
To sum up, 216 students with 92 girls and 124 boys attended summer classes. It helped them being more motivated and better prepared for the next school year. The Inclusion of girls in science-based summer school program helped create a higher gender equality awareness.