Young Malians shape their future
Rain Worker Outreach in Bamako and Moribabougou
In March 2018, 23 young adults between the ages of 19 and 25 from Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea participated in a beginner workshop by Aktion Regen. Subsequently, 19 participants applied their newly acquired knowledge in a six-month practice in three middle schools in several villages in the vicinity of Bamako (Titibougou, Sala, Moribabougou) and Mopti (Douentza). They were able to reach 450 students with their outreach activities.
In 2019, initiated by the activities of the local Aktion Regen partner association, three schools included family planning courses in their curriculum. In these courses, selected chapters of the action rain workshop folder as well as the use of the Aktion Regen tools are taught. In addition, the Rain Workers are involved in a campaign to promote family planning and raise awareness of female genital mutilation.
Mali is one of those countries in which over 80% of all girls and women are affected by Female Genital Mutilation, which is a violation of human rights. The local coördinators are planning to coöperate with two radio stations in Bamako in order to sensitize as broad a section of the population as possible: once or twice a month, the team leaders of the Rain Worker will give interviews about their awareness-raising measures.
My name is Maciré Traoré from Moribabougou, Mali. I am involved in this family planning project because the Aktion Regen knowledge transfer campaign supports self-help!
In Mali we coöperate with AN KO FASO, Association pour la promotion des droits des femmes et des jeunes filles in Bamako and “Aktion Regen Mali”, the association of our 17 Rain Workers. Family planning is also supported and highly discussed by the Malian authorities and President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
“There may be many ways for a country to develop. In my eyes, autonomy is an indispensable factor in any development. Autonomy can only be achieved through education, because education raises individual and collective awareness. Based on this conviction, I am a fervent advocate the transfer of knowledge and skills and therefore I also consider development coöperation based on this principle to be a very pragmatic and promising approach, “says Mamadou Koné, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali in Austria, Rain Worker Trainer and Consultant for Africa.
Young people are and will remain the future of a country like Mali. An informed youth is well equipped for an autonomous and independent life. Knowledge transfer is a long-term way to ensure the independence of women and girls.
This is evident from the interview with the Aktion Regen trainer Mamadou Koné, which the TV station TV FOND DE DEVELOPPEMENT SOCIAL had with him in 2016.
The number of children in the family is an important parameter of the stability of a society.