World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Dates: 2007-2011

Countries: Benin, Mali

Client(s): Private Donor(s)

Expertise: Girls' and Women's Education


World Education partnered with Batonga Foundation, founded by Angelique Kidjo, the West African singer, songwriter, and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador. The program helped girls in Mali and Benin continue their education through middle school and beyond. Batonga education packages covered school fees, uniforms, and school supplies; after-school tutorials that helped girls improve their academic skills; and mentor programs that connected girls to volunteers in their communities who encouraged their successes and taught them about important personal health topics including how to prevent HIV. Batonga girls were graduates of the Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program in Benin and Mali. The program was implemented locally in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, parent groups (mothers in particular), as well as school administrators.

Watch a slideshow that shows how Batonga helped girls in Mali and Benin improve their lives.