Girls’ and Women’s Education in Mali

Project name :

Empowering girls and young women through education in Mali

Project duration :


Location :

Bamako - Ségou - Mopti - Tombouctou, Mali
The project aims to empower adolescent girls and young women through quality education in conditions of equity to enable them to develop their potential and enjoy better living conditions.

In Beneficiaries' Words

"I will never give my daughter in marriage until she is 18 years old and especially before she finishes her studies because I myself was a victim of early marriage and I suffered a lot from it. In addition, I advise parents not to take their daughters out of school to marry them or send them in the exodus to work to prepare for their marriages.

Ms. Aminata Maïga, Female leader in Douentza, 42 years old


"This training was a real eye-opener for me, I learned things I never heard in school. I am committed to orienting my actions to my younger brothers and sisters by increasing the number of educational chat sessions with them. Let us fight communicable infections and defend our rights to reproductive health.

Ms. Fatoumata Maiga, student at Douentza

"Last year, when my daughter was in grade 8, her father gave her away in marriage. At first he had reassured me that it was just an engagement and that she would continue her studies. A few months later, the in-laws wanted to celebrate the wedding so that my daughter could join her husband. I then understood that they wanted her to drop out of school and I approached the authorities, the elders and other resource persons to help me keep her in school and I was able to have a solution because my daughter is in 9th grade this year.

Ms. Hawa Herd, 54 years old, traditional communicator in Konna

"I learned a lot during this gender training, GBV. I now know that I have obligations to my children, especially with regard to their education, my wife and even my neighbours. From now on, I undertake not to commit any more gender-based violence than I did before. I sincerely thank you for this initiative, good luck with the project."

Mr Hassane Bocoum adviser to the village chief of Douentza

Beneficiaries' Photo Gallery

Towards fulfilment and empowerment

Mid-term achievements from 2016 to 2018

An encouraging implementation

Improving the quality of basic education

  1. Governance strengthened in 250 schools in the regions of Ségou, Mopti, Timbuktu and Bamako district through capacity building of more than 1500 members of school management committees on their roles and responsibilities and on the gender dimension.
  2. Strengthening the quality of education through the training of teachers, school principals and pedagogical advisors on reading, writing and mathematics and group management techniques.
  3. Capacity building of more than 250 café facilitators and CED, CAF educators on the didactics of reading, writing, and mathematics in 5 national languages.
  4. Capacity building for more than 250 non-formal facilitators on skills for life.
  5. Capacity-building of more than 500 teachers and school principals on equitable classroom practices.

Improving education for reproductive health, hygiene, water and sanitation (WASH)

  1. Provision of 1,500 kits for reproductive health to school clinics and peer educators in Ségou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Bamako district.
  2. Capacity building of 60 nurses and 200 peer educators in the use of reproductive health kits
  3. Capacity building of 972 members of school management committees (SMCs) on their roles and responsibilities in school management, and on WASH: water hygiene, management, and maintenance of water pumps and latrines.
  4. Construction and rehabilitation of 34 blocks of 137 latrines suitable for girls in Bamako
  5. Construction of 2 water pumps with drilling equipped with electrical accessories adapted to the realities of ground.

Increased awareness of decision-makers and communities on education and gender equality

  1. Caravan organization to raise awareness of communities and students about the importance of girls' education.
  2. Dissemination of key messages in national languages ​​to sensitize 100,000 people on the importance of girls' education through radio, commercials, magazines/newspapers, skits, etc.
  3. Production of 8 giant information panels in French and national languages ​​located in the main axes of the regional capitals.
  4. Commemoration of international and national days related to the education and / or health of adolescent girls and young women.

Key Facts

Concrete actions at a glance