Success Story: The Distribution of School Kits Encourages Inclusive Education in Kidal
Fatouma, a student who attends Baye Ag Mahaha school, where she is in the first grade, is the eldest sibling of two brothers and one sister. She comes from an illiterate and economically disadvantaged family. Since her parents were unable to purchase school materials for her, her school supplies were limited to a notebook provided by her school principal.
On February 12, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Education Emergency Support Activity (EESA) project, which aims to increase equitable access to primary education for children affected by the conflict in central and northern Mali, began distributing 3,205 student kits, recreational kits, and school kits in the region of Kidal.
The school kits included resources, such as rulers, globes, and chalk, among other items for teachers to use in the classroom; the recreational kits included equipment for recess and play time, including soccer balls, volleyball nets, jump ropes, whistles, and so on; and the student kits included backpacks with school supplies, such as notebooks, folders, rulers, pens, crayons, and other items.
Like all the students from Baye Ag Mahaha school, Fatouma received a backpack with school supplies – it was the first time she has ever had a backpack. "Today, I have everything I need to succeed during this school year; I am proud to look like my classmates," she said.
Fatouma and her classmates also were thrilled that their school received recreational kits as they could now enjoy playing jump rope and soccer, like other children their age.
Teachers, too, were thankful for the school kits. The teachers affirmed they felt more motivated than ever because they now have all the materials needed to teach well.
In his speech, the school director testified that the kits and equipment his school received will increase their commitment as educators. It also will strengthen the determination of parents, students, and community to value education as the only way to secure a better future for children.
USAID, in partnership with the Government of Mali, is committed to supporting children affected by the armed conflict and to ensuring access to quality and equitable education. With this support, the teachers and students in Kidal are now able to teach and learn for a democratic, resilient, and prosperous Mali.
You could learn more about the CAMRIS-implemented EESA project here.