We did notice that as the students get older in school, fewer and fewer are female. In order to increase the number of girls in school, Medicine for Mali provides Teacher Training for a total of 7 village schools. The emphasis is on the girls remaining in school; however, the training is for effectively teaching all students. The training emphasizes current best practices in teaching French, Math. We have seen an increase in the number of students in school and especially the number of girls in school. The village management committees area being trained in their roles and responsibilities, including keeping track of finances. Supervisory visits to each school are done quarterly by the district teacher trainer. This has not been done before due to government lack of funds.
Additionally, one school in Kati, Institute d’Education Populaire,IEP, is partnering with one school in our area to teach beginning readers to read in the native Bambara. Teacher training and books to read are provided. Another school in our area is serving as a control group.
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