Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bridging the Gap : Betty's Story

We hope you’re familiar by now with Africa ELI’s mission to “bridge gender gaps through education.” Today we want to share a shining example of this mission with you by spotlighting Betty, a member of Africa ELI’s first graduating class of sponsored students. She started her secondary education in 2008 and completed it in November of 2011. After passing her final exams and graduating from senior secondary school, she was equipped to start a job as a teacher and empowered to pay her own tuition fees for further training. She now earns enough to pay her own tuition and share income with her family!

For a full month Betty has been employed as a nursery school teacher. She arrives at the local school by 8:30 a.m. and cares for the young children until noon each day. When finished, she has enough time for lunch and commuting by foot to attend a daily teacher training course from 3 – 6:30 p.m. Betty is so thrilled to be making the payments for her advanced education without having to rely on anyone else to pay her way-- She proudly exclaims, “I am bridging the gap!”

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