FACTS ABOUT EDUCATION IN MALI
- Literacy is one the lowest in the world at 31%.
- 7 out of 10 Malians live in the rural villages yet two-thirds of these communities do not have schools.
- The government has limited resources to meet the growing demand.
- Local elected leaders are untrained and unable to effectively govern their population.
In the field of education, Empower Mali focuses our resources in the following areas:
1. SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION/REPAIR
- Empower Mali utilizes the Compressed Earth Block Technology which utilizes materials available on the construction site. The schools made using this technology last longer and remain cooler in the strong African sun. In addition, these schools are lower cost than the schools built out of concrete.
- In addition, Empower Mali invests resources to help communities restore dilapidated school buildings so that existing structures can be safely utilized.
2. SCHOOL SUPPLIES/TEXTBOOKS/SCHOLARSHIPS
- Providing learning materials.
- Providing teacher training programs.
- Providing educational opportunities for students to study in different environments/cultures.
3. ADULT LITERACY/JOB SKILLS TRAINING
- Providing, through literacy classes and non-formal education, educational opportunities to adults who never had a chance to go to school
- Empower Mali works with school administration to provide programs that provide actual job training and train teachers to better utilize materials, such as text books and teacher’s guides.
- With Mali’s literacy hanging critically low at 31% and many teenagers dropping out of school after 12th grade, it becomes impossible for adults to find better paying jobs. Empower Mali works with community leaders to institute adult literacy programs and job training.
4. TECHNOLOGY SKILLS
- Providing equipment like computers and tablets in the classroom environment to increase student’s knowledge of tech equipment and programs.
- Providing computer literacy programs to help students better prepare for the office work environment.
FACTS ABOUT HEALTH IN MALI
- The average life expectancy is only 52 years old.
- In rural areas one doctor will serve about 20,000 people.
- Mali also has one of the highest infant mortality rates with 111 per 1000 births.
- One in five children die before reaching the age of five, mostly due to preventable and treatable diseases.
- Healthcare professionals undergo limited training and usually populate the bigger cities.
In the field of healthcare, Empower Mali focuses our resources in the following areas:
1. PROVIDE ADDITIONAL HEALTHCARE TRAINING
- Arrange an exchange of ideas and training between US and Malian health professionals.
- Assess healthcare needs and work with foreign and Malian healthcare professionals to meet the need.
2. ARRANGE AND IMPLEMENT HEALTHCARE EXPEDITIONS
- Arrange expeditions of healthcare workers from the US that can provide pro-bono healthcare services to communities in Mali.
3. SUPPLY HYGIENE KITS
- Arrange the collection and distribution of hygiene kits in communities that do not have access to these products
FACTS ABOUT ENERGY IN MALI
- 80% of Mali’s rural population depend heavily on firewood and charcoal to provide energy needs.
- Less than 1% even have access to electricity.
In the field of energy, Empower Mali focuses our resources in the following area:
1. SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION
- Implement solar panel projects to help reduce dependence on coal and to take advantage of the hot African sun.
- Assess electricity needs in rural areas, especially providing current school buildings with solar panels.
FACTS ABOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER IN MALI
- 1/3 of Malians do not have access to clean water
- Over 15000 children die each year from diarrhea brought on by poor sanitation.
In the field of clean water, Empower Mali focuses our resources in the following areas:
1. INSTALL WATER TANKS AND WATER PUMPS
2. DIG BOREHOLES AND WELLS
- Helps villagers dig wells and drill boreholes, in order to create a water source for their communities. This not only will improve the health of the community but the access to water will also allow more members to engage in agriculture..
3. FENCE AND COVER CURRENT WATER SOURCES
- It is not uncommon for current wells and water pumps to be open and unfenced. What this leads to access to water sources by animals and dirt. EM helps cover or fence current water sources protecting the community’s common water supply.
FACTS ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN MALI
- Since the late 1990s, With mayors, councils, and boards in place at the local level, newly elected officials, civil society organizations, decentralized technical services, private sector interests, other communes, and donor groups began partnering to further development.
- While decentralization is becoming established in Mali; the poor level of skills and capacities of the duty-holders restrict the full involvement.
- Generally speaking, Malian voters, particularly rural ones, have inadequate information about what their local governments do for them.
- Women and minorities usually do not participate in the governance process.
In the field of leadership training and development, Empower Mali focuses our resources in the following areas:
1. TRAINING LOCAL LEADERS FOR SUCCESS
- Sponsor trainings that focus on teaching better governance and best practices among elected officials.
- Provide local based seminars for local leaders to better learn the tools of governance.
- Arrange governance summits between local leaders in Mali and other countries.
2. LOCAL PARTICIPATION
- Develop approaches which enhance citizen interest in local government and help to unleash local energy and creativity leading to more support to local government operations.
- Creating opportunities for women and minorities to participate.
- Arranging seminars and workshops for youth to better understand and engage in the local governance process.