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“If I was not at school, I would be married already and with my husband’s family. Somewhere in my village or somewhere else. But my parents would like me to focus on my studies so that I can have success in my life.”

I am Teninfing Samake from the village of Bamakoni. I had the privilege to attend the school built by the Ouelessebougou Alliance in my village. I had my elementary school education in Bamakoni from 2008 to 2013. The school has great teachers and an engaged school committee. The Utah Alliance provides them training in order to be more effective. I can say that the trainings and our school commitment to good education make our school great. We cannot do this work without the Utah Alliance’s huge support.

After passing the sixth grade exam, I moved to Sougoula from 2014 to 2017 for my middle school education where I stayed with my uncle’s’ family. I was very comfortable in Sougoula because my uncle supported me and made sure I had all I needed to study and succeed in school. Because of this, I passed my DEF exam and moved to Ouelessebougou for high school. I believe the Alliance’s teachers, my parents, and my uncle’s support is the key to my academic success because parents and teachers are the best people to accompany and motivate students to study hard and be knowledgeable.

POWER OF THE ALLIANCE’S EDUCATION PROGRAM

I am now an 11th grader at Lycee Djitoumou, my Ouelessebougou high school. Sometimes my classmates ask me where I attended elementary and middle school because of my strong academic performance and class participation. I really like many subjects, but my favorite subject in high school is French, Literature and Languages. These subjects will help me to become a good secretary and journalist.  I would like to be an office secretary and a journalist when I graduate from university. If I continue to study hard, I will pass the baccalaureate exam and then go to university. Graduating from the university will open a lot of golden opportunities to me in the future including find a good job and becoming financially independent.

IMPORTANCE OF GIRL’S EDUCATION IN RURAL AREAS

If I was not at school, I would be married already and with my husband’s family. Somewhere in my village or somewhere else. But my parents would like me to focus on my studies so that I can have success in my life. They really know the importance of girls’ education.  As the saying goes, “If you educate a woman, you educate a family. If you educate a woman, you educate a village. If you educate a woman, you educate a country. I know girls’ education in rural areas is the best way to eradicate poverty in families and reduce preventable diseases in villages.

I am passionate about education because I believe that education can change my life. I know that if a girl graduates from school and gets a job, she is the first person to get the benefits of her education. Second, a girl’s parents get some benefits of their daughter education. Last, a girl’s husband family and children will get some benefits of her education. This is why I believe it is important.

Ouelessebougou Alliance is committed to help girls like Teninfing to have a good education and break the poverty in their families in rural areas of the Ouelessebougou region. Teninfing has hope because of your huge support. Let’s continue to help other girls in our schools. Please donate to our Education programs today.