Lilian’s and Julius’ location check: a betterplace project in Mali

This is an excerpt taken from an article that was written in German. It was posted on our German blog by 15-year-old Lilian and 14-year-old Julius (both members of betterplace junior) who are visiting Mali, Westafrica, right now. It would be great to hear more about their experiences!

In Bamako we visited a school that will soon present itself on betterplace: it’s the showcase of the so called ‘Mali Initiative’. […] One of its main initiators is a Malian, who used to be a street kid himself, and who step by step worked his way up to first become a teacher, then an interpreter for international organisations, and who now wants to improve the Malian educational system (81 % of the adults can’t read or write, 24 % of the boys and only 12 % of all girls attend school. Mali is the forth poorest nation in the world. 70 % of the population lives on less than 1 US $ a day). His name is Youchaou Traore and he presented his school to us full of pride. The classes in his school shall be limited to 30 children each to guarantee the quality of education. 10 US $ is the monthly school fee per child, a small amount but yet unaffordable to many children from poor areas. […] They are supported through scholarships and donations. The school is said to be one of the best Malian schools. […]

Lilian Breidenbach & Julius Winckler


Learn more about Mali – and watch out for the ‘Mali Initiative’ on!

12 Responses to “Lilian’s and Julius’ location check: a betterplace project in Mali”

  1. 1 Juergen Nagler January 24, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Dear Lilian and Julius,

    thanks so much for your visit… it was very special!

    We are proud of being part of the betterplace family and are in the process of posting all our projects here:

    Looking forward to work closer together with betterplace.

    All the best!

    Juergen Nagler
    Co-Founder, Program Director
    Mali Initiative – “Education changes the World”

    Mobile Mali: +223 404 9826
    Mobile Intl.: +49 174 4069358
    The Mali Initiative:

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