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"Education for Life"

This year, we have chosen to be part of the construction of a better world for the children of today and of a sustained development for a population in difficulties by helping UNICEF.

Great progress have been registered in Mali in regards to the level of primary school education throughout the last decade. Unfortunately the earnings regarding the access to basic education have not been divided equitably between girls and boys. There are many reasons for that: the Malian woman has a lower social status, parents are unwilling to send girls to school due to the lack of relevance in the programs taught at school, school fees, and finally, heavy household tasks that oblige many parents to keep their daughters at home.

Facing this observation, UNICEF has decided to act by launching a project on “Education for Life” focusing on three geographical areas: Kayes, Segou and Mopti where needs are the most urgent.

The UNICEF program, in partnership with local authorities and NGOs, must enable children, and most particularly young girls, to find at school the conditions which guarantee their security, their hygiene, as well as good nutrition, so that they may fully benefit from the teachings they receive.

This project is based on three different levels: create a new dynamic and stimulate of the staff and the Minister’s structures of the Department of Education in charge of the girls’ education. The sensitization and training of the teachers regarding this problem, and the reinforcement of the capacities of the NGOs and associations in partnership with UNICEF.

UNICEF and VSF are partners in a common goal: to support the School Education of Malian girls.

Education is vital in order to ensure a better quality of life for all children, and a better world for all people. 
But if girls are left behind, those goals can never be achieved.

In country after country, educating girls yields spectacular social benefits for the current generation and those to come. An educated girl tends to marry later and have fewer children. The children she does have will be more likely to survive; they will be better nourished and better educated. She will be more productive at home and better paid in the workplace. She will be better able to protect herself against HIV/AIDS and to assume a more active role in social, economic and political decision-making throughout her life.

It is through UNICEF that VSF has chosen to get involved in the defence of a better world, by helping children find a way to school and Decent Education. This is a thorough job which has been undertaken with this project. It’s a change in mentalities, and in the surrounding structures that UNICEF and VSF wish to start, our goal is to get more girls into school, ensure that they stay in school and that they are equipped with the basic tools they need to succeed in later life. As part of its on-going efforts to ensure every girl and boy their right to an EDUCATION.

How does VSF help UNICEF ?

A percentage of the profits of the company is given to Unicef at the end of each year. Every participant of VSF's Summer Program participates!
We are commited to follow this partnership program very closely and this page will be updated regularly for VSF families. Additionally, VSF families can donate individually by going directly to (www.unicef.org / english version)

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