Project information

Improve education for children in rural Mali

This project is about giving 10,300 children a brighter future. We will upgrade school classroom and sanitation facilities and improve teachers' skills. This will mean more than 60% of children will be able to go on to secondary school and so improve their chances later on in life.

April 2009 - March 2012

Charity information: Oxfam

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  • Need

    Need

    In Mali, a lack of education is a big problem - over 50% of children do not go to school and less than 30% of adults can read or write. Despite ambitious government plans, poor school facilities, untrained teachers, inadequate sanitation and rampant water borne diseases remain the norm in the rural parts of the country. This lack of a decent education is keeping many communities in poverty.

    Solution

    We'll work with communities in two of Mali's poorest regions. We will upgrade school and sanitation facilities, improve teachers' skills and encourage more parents to send their children to school. The project will also give communities the skills to lobby authorities to continue to improve education standards.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We will upgrade school and sanitation facilities.

    Activities

    » Your support will help to repair 5 classrooms, install or refurbish 7 water points and build a toilet block in 4 schools, with hygiene training.

    Success will be improved school facilities, better sanitation and safe water for communities, reducing malaria and diarrhoea by 30% in the project area.


    Aim 2

    Improve teacher's skills.

    Activities

    » Your support will help to provide training for 75 school teachers and adult literacy training for 20 others so they can run 10 literacy centres.

    Success will be a rise in retention to 90% and for pupil performance to improve so that at least 60% of children are admitted to secondary school


    Aim 3

    Encourage more parents to send their children to school.

    Activities

    » Your support will help to run community campaigns to encourage girls' education and provide training for teachers and mothers to keep girls in school.

    Success will be a rise in enrolment to 80% of eligible children and for communities to value education more highly for boys and girls, and benefit from increased literacy.


    Aim 4

    Give Communities the skills to lobby authorities to continue to improve education standards.

    Activities

    » Your support will help to train school and community representatives in the most effective ways to lobby for more resources.

    Success will be over time more state resources to be available for education and funds to be better managed.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Directly, around 10,300 children (including 4,700 girls) 150 teachers and members from school management committees and mothers' associations will benefit from improved school facilities, sanitation & Hygiene and better teaching standards.
    Indirectly, 25 communities will be healthier thanks to improved water facilities and the hygiene campaign and many will benefit from increased literacy.
    Eventually all children in these regions will benefit from the improvements in education.

    Risk

    If this project can not go ahead 10,300 children will miss out on an education and 25 communities will not have access to clean safe water.

    If this project gets the funding it requires we do not see any major risks, however a prolonged drought or availability of construction materials may result in some delays to project implementation.

    Reporting

    For those supporters who have opted to receive our communications, we will send a report 6 months into the project and at the end of the project, showing the impact this project has had. More general updates about Oxfam's work will come through our supporter magazine twice a year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,138 Schools Improve school infrastructure and provide teacher training, support and adult literacy
      £34,702 Water Improve water, sanitation and hygiene
      £30,160 Education Promote girls education
      £25,000 Management Programme management, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Waterloo Foundation £25,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The Gao area, bordering the Sahara, and the Koulikoro region in the south are two of the poorest areas of Mali. They also have the lowest school enrolment and retention rates in the country.

    Beneficiaries

    Directly, around 10,300 children (including 4,700 girls) 150 teachers and members from school management committees and mothers' associations.
    Indirectly, 25 communities will be healthier thanks to improved water facilities and the hygiene campaign and many will benefit from increased literacy.
    Eventually all children in these regions will benefit from the improvements in education.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Oxfam has been working to improve education in Mali for over 9 years now. This project aims to work with local communities to improve school and sanitation facilities, train teachers and challenge the practices that limit school attendance, so that all children can enjoy a quality education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Amy Sacko Doumbia

    N'goniko school committee member.

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