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April: BRIGHT project celebrated at the White House

Aissatou with First Lady Michelle Obama. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Aissatou with First Lady Michelle Obama.

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
April 4, 2011

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Since 2006, Plan has been implementing the BRIGHT project in Burkina Faso, with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation/USAID and Plan donors. The goal of the project is simple: to encourage regular school attendance of children, particularly girls.

This past month, we were excited that two students from the BRIGHT project were invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day at the White House.

One of the girls, 11 year-old Aissatou, introduced Mrs. Obama at the event, and spoke about her success in school as a result of the BRIGHT project. Before BRIGHT, the closest school to Aissatou’s home was 4 hours away - too far for her to attend. Today, she is the first person in her family to read and write. She hopes to become a doctor one day.

“I want the BRIGHT schools of Burkina to continue so that no girls are left at home and all of them can have the chances that I have had to receive an education. I know there is a lot of hard work ahead if I am to become a doctor, but with a little bit of help, I know I, and other girls like me, can succeed.” Read Aissatou’s full speech.

The BRIGHT project has so far built 132 schools in the 10 Burkinabe provinces with the lowest rates for girls’ primary school enrollment. These schools are now being expanded to accommodate students in grades 4 to 6.

Learn more about the BRIGHT project and Plan’s work in Burkina Faso.

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