Thirty-four students graduated from the year-long MS Suite course in November. Nearly half of the group are teachers.
- Literacy rate: adult 48.7%; youth 74.4% UNICEF
- Primary school completion (grades 1-6): 85%
- Secondary school (grades 7-13) participation: <30%
- Access to mobile phones: 60%; Access to internet, 12%
In 2016 classes were added for 6th, 10th, and 11th grade students. In 2017, all laptops were replaced. Forty-five students are enrolled in the 2019 class. Many travel over an hour to attend.Such classes are unique to a rural community due in part to lack of access to electricity.
Young adults, particularly girls, often cannot complete their secondary education. The program prepares girls for their role as homemakers, introducing them to topics such as nutrition, hygiene, housekeeping, pediatric nursing, family education, and financial management.
Interest in soccer has grown out of the youth program. Boys and girls soccer teams compete in leagues with teams in the area. Teams take turns hosting games at their respective locations. The community truck is used to take team members and fans to away games. FBR supporters provide much or most of the needed soccer gear. Balls are provided for the league teams as well as for informal play at nearly 30 schools in the area.
One of the most significant problems in developing and conflict-affected countries is the failure of education systems to realize their potential to empower adolescent girls.
— Cynthia B. Lloyd, New Lessons: The Power of Educating Adolescent Girls