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.

Birth rate
6,06 child­ren per women
Mate­r­nal mortality:
Women who are geni­tal­ly mutilated
Illi­ter­acy rate:
Men 46,5% Women 60,4%
HIV/AIDS rate in adults:
The num­ber of child­ren in the fami­ly is an important para­me­ter of the sta­bi­li­ty of a society.