Aide et Action promotes education to improve the lives of future generations
In Guinea, our Girls-Friendly School project aims to contribute to the emergence of an environment favorable to the schooling, retention and success of children in school, especially girls. A teacher and a student explain to us how he made a difference.
Complementary courses changed my life
“My name is Bilguissa Camara and I am a student in the second grade at General Lansana-Conté high school in Koba, Guinea. I did my primary studies at the Tatema school built by Aide et Action and which benefited from the Girls-Friendly School Project. Before its implementation, I had repeated the CM2 class and had not been able to go to college. Thanks to this project, I was able to overcome my learning difficulties. A teachers’ association has been set up, with the support of Aide et Action, to give additional lessons to students. This support was very important to my success in cheering me up, encouraging me to stay in school and allowing me to fill my gaps. I am fatherless and motherless and would not have been able to afford tutoring. It was decisive since the second attempt at the end of primary school exam was the right one. I see myself today as a privileged girl. I have successfully completed primary school and am only two years away from the final year. What few girls are fortunate enough to achieve. My dream is to become a banker for a better life. Without education, it would never have been possible.“
The great merit of the association is to have built relations of dialogue
“I am Yattara Binty Ndiaye, director of the Tatema primary school and president of the Koba teachers’ association. My first meeting with Aide et Action dates back a very long time. I was a teacher in a school built by the association. These ties were reinforced with the Girls’ Friendly School project, which was quite different from what we used to see. In fact, he was interested not only in enrolling girls in school, but especially in attendance and the completion of the primary cycle by passing the college entrance exam. This is how Aide et Action led to the establishment of an association of female teachers in Koba. The association offered complementary courses to pupils with difficulties noted. She raised awareness in the communities for the enrollment of girls, especially in school, and addressed families whose children accused of irregularity in attendance. The great merit of the association is to have built relationships of dialogue between families and the school. And what is positive is that we are involved in solving the problems that hinder students’ success in school. Thanks to the project, the association of women teachers, of which I am the president, has received great recognition from educational authorities and local authorities. Our teaching colleagues now call on our association to improve the education of students.“
Last year, the Girls’ Friendly School project supported 5,000 children, 4,000 adults, 150 teachers and 21 schools. Its objective is to respond to the three problems that the Guinean school faces: the low enrollment of girls in rural areas, the high dropout rate and insufficient involvement of communities and parents in the management of the school. By acting on these brakes and promoting quality education for all, Aide et Action is convinced that the lives of future generations can be profoundly improved.