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Burkina Faso is a landlocked and low-income country in West Africa. In Burkina Faso, education for girls can be very limited due to several factors such as entering into a premature marriage. Therefore, girls do not have the same educational opportunities as boys do. The need for Girl Now, Woman Later includes increasing the literacy rate, especially among girls, and also working to increase the graduation rate among females from middle school as well as high school in Burkina Faso.

 

Our Mission

“Girl Now, Woman Later, Inc. hopes to increase the literacy rate, especially among girls, and also, to increase the graduation rate among females from middle school and high school in Burkina Faso. The organization also hopes to  promote literacy awareness in Cobb County, GA among English as a second language (ESL) students”. 

To Educate

Improve student retention rates among middle school girls and high school girls in Burkina Faso by working to increase the literacy rate among disadvantaged female students in Burkina Faso. 

To Empower

Train and equip middle and high school girls with vocational skills and sportsmanship values in order to prepare them for the real world.

To Lead

By providing courses and tutoring sessions in addition to life skills (such as financial literacy, self-reliance, leadership skills, and more), we will provide the necessary foundations for our students to become future leaders.

 
What is Girl Now, Women Later all about?

Our Vision

A world in which girls’ education is not abandoned or taken away because of her gender. But, instead, a world in which she can pursue her education, become skilled at anything that she wishes to, and still be a girl, and then a woman.

Our Inspiring Quote

"Teach her to read and love books. Books will help her understand and question the world, help her express herself, and help her in whatever she wants to become."

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

WHY WE SERVE

To educate and to equip young girls and E.S.L students with the kind of education that they deserve for a better future.

WHO WE HELP

Young, disadvantaged girls in underserved areas of Burkina Faso.

English as a Second Language (ESL) students from elementary schools and middle school in Cobb county, Georgia.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Find out how you can create a better future by investing in our community today.

 

Our Core Values

C.E.L.: Community, Empowerment, Leadership
 

  • Community: We believe men and women are the driving forces of the community, and both genders are the backbone of a stable and prosperous economy. Therefore, working with the whole community, is essential to ensuring that girls in Burkina Faso have access to education.

  • Empowerment:  We believe that by supporting girls in pursuing their high school diploma, and working towards equal access to education, we enable and empower girls to become self-achievers.

  • Leadership: We believe that with support, coaching, and mentoring, economically-disadvantaged middle school girls and high school girls can one day be the future leaders of Burkina Faso.

Programs/Services

​In Burkina Faso

  • All-female instructors and remedial literacy courses to increase students’ literacy rate.

  • Instructors for skills such as arts and crafts, sewing, baking, and music appreciation.

  • Soccer and basketball teams. 

  • Coaches for leadership skills, financial literacy, human growth development, and career guidance. 

  • A library.

  • Study rooms.

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In Georgia

  •  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

  • Guest authors: We aim to organize author visits to schools, to further enrich literacy education.

  • Reading book challenge of 25 books per year.

  • Recommended books list, such as picture books, comic books, and chapter books.

  • Writing contest at the end of the school year.

  •   MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

  • Literacy club: online/in-person 

  • Reading book challenge of 25 books per year

  • Recommended books: Any genre.

  • Conversation partners program.

  • Use of an online program library such as Epic/News ELA.

  • Writing contest at the end of the school year

 
 
Books On Shelf

Our Goal/Impact

  1. Increase student retention rates among middle and high school girls in Burkina Faso and increase the literacy rate among disadvantaged students. We also aim to promote literacy awareness in Cobb County, GA among English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

  2. Provide a platform for academic tutoring and vocational skills among disadvantaged middle school girls and high school girls in Burkina Faso.

  3. Provide free meals and tuition assistance to enrolled middle and high school girls in the program.

  4. Work to elevate the quality of life for the citizens of the community.
     

 

Advisory Board

Rose Mason is an elementary school educator, who currently teaches 5th grade at Russell Elementary in Smyrna, Georgia. She has been teaching for more than 11 years. Mason holds a master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy. Additionally, she holds an ESL Certification, which allows her to teach students who are new to the country and/or need additional assistance in mastering the English language. As part of her day-to-day job, she provides instruction that develops each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in the appropriate content areas. Her primary goal in joining this organization is to prepare students to gain the necessary literacy skills required for college and career readiness. Mason is also an avid lover of the arts, and in her spare time, enjoys knitting and crocheting. She teaches arts and crafts as therapy to her students and has turned her life passion into a thriving small business.

My name is Grecia Martinez. I am a first-generation immigrant and the proud daughter of two Mexican immigrants. Since I was young, I knew that being a teacher was my calling. Education has always been a big part of who I am, I believe that education holds the key to our success as individuals. Growing up a first-generation immigrant, I have learned the value in keeping my culture, heritage, and language alive. I hold such pride in my heart knowing that I am bilingual and I am further able to make a difference when communicating with parents.  My teaching journey began when I graduated from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching fourth grade for over 5 years now and I absolutely love it! I am currently a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) teacher in the Cobb County School District. I am in the process of obtaining my Master’s degree and ESL endorsement from KSU and I will be graduating July 2021. My primary goal in joining this wonderful organization is to prepare students with the necessary literacy skills needed to continue their educational journey. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and take nice long walks with my dog Ryder.

 

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