We want to see all children in Mali have the opportunity to receive a quality education. We are working towards this by:
- Increasing children’s access to formal and non-formal education opportunities
- Ensuring children who attend school are learning
- Increasing the amount of engagement of parents, guardians, communities and volunteers in children’s education
Overcrowded classrooms, insufficient learning materials and lack of qualified teachers mean that although more children are going to school many are not learning the skills they need to succeed; specifically how to read and write.
We are working with the Ministry of Education and public as well as private schools to train teachers in the Literacy Boost methodology, equipping them with skills and resources they need to make functional literacy a priority and a reality in their classrooms. We are also educating families about the importance of education because in many of the areas where we work child marriage and labour are often higher priorities.
Yes! Although there is a lot of work left to be done, the percentage of children who are functionally literate is increasing. We saw the rate grow from 6.9% in 2015 to 8.65% in 2017.
WHAT’S THE IMPACT?*
- 934 Teachers trained on Literacy Boost methodology
- 2,713 booklets produced and distributed to improve children's learning conditions
- 20 new functional reading clubs were established, providing more than 900 children a place to practice their reading skills each week
*Numbers from 2016 and 2017