Project

Programme d'accès à l'éducation pour tous les enfants au Mali/Access to Education for All Children in Mali (PACETEM)

EAC and the Education Development Center (EDC) have come together to reach 596,597 out of school children with quality primary education across Mali.

The Programme d'accès à l'éducation pour tous les enfants au Mali/Access to Education for All Children in Mali (PACETEM) project is managed by Education Development Center (EDC) and implemented by a consortium of local and international NGOs from the Forum of International NGOs in Mali (FONGIM). The consortium refers to itself as EDC-FONGIM.

The project activities aim to ensure access to quality education and student retention. Firstly, in order to increase access to quality education, the project incorporates initiatives to ensure that: teachers at project schools are well-trained and have access to instructional materials; parents are engaged in their children’s education; and schools are bolstered with support and supervision. PACETEM proceeds with the understanding that such initiatives will permit a child to not only be successful at school, but also complete the primary cycle. As part of sustainability of project impact, PACETEM will train NGO partners and relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) staff to carry this work onward at the project’s conclusion.

Secondly, regarding student retention, the project includes measures that complement education quality, such as collaboration with decentralised school management (school-based and local government), parental and community engagement; teacher training to ensure quality instruction and gender sensitivity; and sufficient quantities of instructional materials for teachers and students.

In addition, at newly-created project schools, a corresponding school director and management committee will monitor teacher and student attendance daily and take appropriate action where necessary. In existing project schools where OOSC have enrolled due to project activities, the school director and management committee will pay special attention to these children.

Partners

Education Development Center

EAC and the Education Development Center (EDC) have come together to reach 596,597 out of school children with quality primary education across Mali.

Countries

Mali

Mali

Situated in the heart of West Africa, Mali is a Sahelian country that shares borders with seven other African countries. Recent estimates indicate that if annual population growths continues unabated at 3.6 percent, Mali’s population under the age of 25 will double. As it happens, the country’s population is unevenly distributed throughout the national territory, as 77.5 percent of people live in disparate rural areas. Roughly 73 percent of people in rural areas and 63 percent of the population overall live in poverty. Compounding matters, an armed conflict and instability emanating from the North, have, since 2012, brought about a humanitarian crisis in the country and an influx of refugees into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.