In African schools boys woefully outnumber girls in attendance. UNESCO in a report titled "Education for All" identifies Sub-Saharan Africa as one of the regions that have the widest gender disparity in terms of education. Two out of three of the 110 million children who do not attend school are girls, and girls grow up to make two thirds of the world's 875 million illiterate adults. This project will help ensure that Fatmata continues her schooling by providing her with a full scholarship.
Families with limited funds to educate their children focus on sending their boys to school, and many girls who start school drop out because their parents cannot afford to continue to pay for their education. Fatmata's parents' monthly income of $150 earned as petty traders is not enough to meet their basic family needs. This project will provide a full scholarship for Fatmata covering her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses.
Funds from this project will help Fatmata continue her education and eventually become a medical doctor - her desired future profession. Your support will help provide all she needs to be successful in school and ensure that she completes her education.
Healthy, well-educated and emancipated women are an excellent foundation for a new and free society. Your support will help Fatmata to finish school, become independent and self-sufficient. In her chosen future career as a medical doctor, she will also be contributing to national development.