Intedeyne Village MaliAdd to Lightbox Download
Fatima stands in a garden that Oxfam supported in the village of Intedeyne March 14, 2007. In this arid landscape, it requires a lot of work to maintain any kind of agriculture but it is one of the projects along with education that Oxfam is supporting here. Mali has the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line in any country in the world. Ninety percent of Malians survive on less than two dollars a day. In 2000, following the international commitments on education, the Government of Mali created a ten year education development program and as a result, donars provided two and a half times more aid to basic education. As a result, more than 6 out of 10 primary school age children are now enrolled in Mali. Yet the challenge to educate still exists and particularly for girls. Female literacy rates never reach even 50 percent of male literacy rates.Eight of the world's ten countries farthest from the gender parity goal are in West Africa: Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Guinea.
- Ami Vitale
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