The new school year is about to start for our school in Mali. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for our kids. As we look forward, we first want to take a look back to give you a report on how we finished up last school year.
Love Mali Report Card
Our school in Mali gets good marks this year for the progress it has made both academically and spiritually. Our goal for Love Mali Christian School is to provide an excellent education for the children in a village just outside of Mali’s Capitol, Bamako. Parents are anxious to place their children in our school because of the excellent education it can offer.
Before we began our child sponsorship program a few years back, the classes were overcrowded with students sitting 3 and 4 to one desk, there were no text books and most of the teachers had no formal education. In Mali the national average of students who are able to pass their grade is only 50%. Although our school was doing better than that, it still only had a 60% pass rate. The kids had a sporadic Bible time taught by the teachers with no curriculum.
This year we are excited to be showing a 76% pass rate! All the children who failed are offered weekly tutoring. Last year 60% of our kids were able to pass their class! Students now sit only 2 to a desk, have text books, uniforms, and educated teachers!! We are feeding them lunch on a daily basis - that’s 690 meals a day!!
The kids have daily prayer, weekly Bible and worship time, Bibles in their classrooms and a Bible memory program with 85% participation. We have a library, a computer lab and are offering weekly PE classes. An Honor roll system was started and 35% of the kids were on the honor roll last year.
Our school has grown from just a few classes to 3 separate schools: Kindergarten, Elementary and Jr. High, with a total of 18 classes and 658 kids! In fact we are just finishing construction on 2 new classrooms to accommodate all of our students.