Center for secondary school better education

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Center for secondary school better education: ▪ Teaching and mentoring poor secondary school pupils

Bamako, MaliBamako, Mali
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The goals of the CSSBE is to promote equal opportunity to access education for both boys and girls of Daoudabougou which is a poor neighborhood of Bamako (Mali). We are going to do that by providing after school mentoring and tutoring services at an affordable price.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

”What if every child especially girls could have the same chance to contribute?”
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Education is the root of any economic development, therefore it is important to make it accessible to everyone. In 2008 more than 80,000 pupils passed the DEF, yet around 17,000 pupils most of them poor and 40% of them were girls were denied in Mali because of academic history, gender discrimination. It gets even harder if parents are not involved but let children go by themselves within a poor education.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

▪ On 169678 candidates in DEF and only 32% have succeeded in 2015 compared to 64% in 2009 in Mali , and at the right side of river Niger in Bamako out of 12723 candidates only 2670 succeeded or 15,07% of success rate. In order to stop this decrease in success rate we have to fundamentally assess how they got to the 9 grade, Broke today, genius forever which target is the secondary school better education reinforcement, will then mentor and tutor 20 poor pupils with 10 girls and 10 boys from their very first year at secondary school which is the 7grade and follow them up to the 9 grade so as to better them before the final exam of secondary school called Fundamental studies diploma or DEF.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

▪ After the 2015 DEF result, a girl of 14 years old in an area located at the left side of the river called ACI 2000 was killed by her own mother just because she simply failed in the exam. To avoid the killing, the dropping out, the beatings, the waste of money etc… the project is here to provide mentoring and teaching services to pupils by having teachers of various subjects of secondary school including: Math, English, physics, and so on…will ask pupils after classes about what they did, to check if it is of good quality and if they have understood it or not. There will then be a constant rehearsal within the whole 3 school years to reinforce their understanding.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

▪ The true purpose of education is to stimulate the creativity and passion of the students body and that has to be watched very carefully. 70% of Malian students major in some domains that they are not passionate about instead are looking for doing something only. With a poor educational system it is even harder to get a job after graduation, let alone parents cannot help them as they are mostly uneducated. Since the government cannot solve all the problems, we will start with a bottom up solution by guiding children towards what they want to be and how to get there by increasing the success rate and hopefully teach them what they can do with this success through entrepreneurship and leaderships trainings in the years to come.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

As we keep growing we look forward to reaching for different private and public high schools and enterprises, provide them with mentorship and teaching services in return we will receive trainings from them. As the government cannot solve every problem, we will teach people the skills they need to undertake things by their own instead of always waiting for the government. Besides, we will partner with enterprises to help students either get a job or start an enterprise after their graduation,.We are willing to give assistance as long as we can on most difficult stages of the beneficiaries.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

▪ To sustain the project in a long run, we are trying to partner with NGOs like UNICEF, UNESCO and schools including my aunt who opened a school 5 years ago and the schools I have previously studied in. It is our plan again to ask pupils a very affordable fee due to their financial situation.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Comparing our services to, parents mostly uneducated trying to mentor their kids themselves or they will pay private teachers to do it which requires much money, and teachers do that separately within a very short time. With that we can say this project makes difference at three levels: uniting teachers as a team, providing fair and decent education to all children especially girls, and lastly helping kids predict their future and how they can make that true. Schools educate children and NGOs empower women in Mali but we address both of these by showing what they can do with that education and

Founding Story

▪ As the number of good students is gradually decreasing, the previous generation is always better than the future generation in Mali, which was supposed to be the opposite. ▪ We always want to be hired so as to better the future generation and not every can be hired, and those who are not hired stay home jobless. In 2012 with the genius idea of my friend and grand brother and the support from motivated friends in our community we created an English club, but still there is a big need to share our knowledge and experience more actively with the children so as they make no mistake as future generation


▪ The center is composed of the members of our English club, four of them have been trained in (IFM) which an institute for teachers training and 2 of them teach at secondary and high school and the some have been trained in France and are having internships at different private sectors or working in some enterprises. The teachers will guide us with methods in the teaching and mentoring process and those having experience with enterprises will help us with how to run an enterprise. With the common commitment and the desire from those guys to better our community, we cannot wait to see the achievement of the project intended impact.
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Mentor Dida's picture

Hey friend,

Great work! I'm happy to see all the initiatives you plan to take in order to help others. Changemaking is a journey that has many turns but you have to never stop moving forwar, learning and growing.

Here is my feedback, it might sound harsh but it is with good intentions.

Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? You talk about the problem but no statistics about how serious this problem is and what the solution is! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.

What if:
Good! Add some references from where you got those numbers, it makes it more powerful. Why is this not solved yet? What is the root cause of this problem? Much work needs to be done to understand the problem. Ask people. Talk to 30 people who are having this experience and see what they think.

Good. Think of what is going to make your tutoring and mentoring special. How are you going to use technology to help with this. How can this solution later impact the whole country? The solution should be something simple but yet profound and powerful.
Good! Think of also ways on how will the students know that your program can help them? How are you going to reach out to them?


Think of how are you going to define success? How does success look like to you? How are you going to know you reached success? How are you going to measure progress? Set some milestones and goals.

Full impact:
Look for a repeatable and scalable model that is simple and powerful. Once that model is developed the full impact could be reached. This is a very strategic part. Think of creating a repeatable and scalable model that is simple to replicate and there is a source of revenue to keep it sustainable. Think of a vision statement, what would it look like 10 years from now? What would you impact be? Set a vision that you want to accomplish and then everything that you do should be to reach that point. A cool vision statement that I like is from Oxfam: A just world without poverty. Think of something simple but also that makes you strive to achieve.
Great! Think of other ways to introduce some revenue sources. Perhaps together with students you can create some value that you can sell.

Good. Analyze what others are doing to address this issue and find something that is better and more efficient. Create your own secret sauce!
Founding Story:
Why did you chose this project instead of doing others? Why is this personal to you? When someone reads or hears this part they need to feel inspired!
The team is the most important component of this. Find a team that believes in the vision and the mission of the organization.