The villages where ECUs are established are Isolated - yes, that's with a capital I. Remote populations off the beaten path (literally). The ones we've visited thus far in the Sevare region are only accessible by boat during the rainy season and until the rains dry up afterward (usually in January). These are truly kids who, if there was not an ECU in their village, would never have the chance to go to school. Pretty powerful stuff if you ask me.
For the past few days and the upcoming week PHARE staff and Ministry officials are traveling all over the country - from Bamako to Kidal (let me tell you - that's a lot of ground to cover) - to visit all 35 ECUs. I'm tagging along to get photos and video footage of the action. Here's some of what we've seen the past couple days:
|working on a language arts lesson|
|Sugu in bambara means market|
|using old bottles for a math lesson to see if 2 small bottles equals the one large bottle at left|
|Newly circumcised boys staying in an initiation hut by the river|
|A Bozo (one of the 12 main ethnic groups in Mali) fisherman village - these are isolated villages!|
Do you have any questions you have about the ECU program? I'd love to hear them so I can address them later!