Free Tutorials in Mali, ‘a Life-Saver’ for Fatouma


Human Wrongs Watch

17 January 2019 — After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma took shelter with her brother.

UN Women/Sandra Kreutzer | Fatouma in Mali with her mother, brother, his wife and their children. Her family knows how important education is for the 19-year-old’s future.

Having failed the national high school exam twice, coupled with expensive school fees, Fatouma had little choice but to drop out to become a cleaner, earning around $17 a month.

“Leaving school without a diploma meant that I could only find a job as an unskilled worker for the rest of my life” she said.

 

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But listening to local radio one day, she heard about an education programme for girls and young women offered by UN Women.  Here’s what happened next. (SOURCE: UN News).

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