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in our quest for better education and
improved quality of life for children in Mali?
Great! All donations are mostly welcome!

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like to get more information?
Please feel free to contact us, we would be
happy to discuss all options with you!

In the name of the Ciwara Kids Foundation
we say Thank You!

Donations can be made to
the following account:
IBAN: NL35 RABO 0142 0656 25
Beneficiary: Ciwara Kids

Foundation Ciwara Kids
Zernikedreef 11
2333 CK Leiden

Direct contact person
Annemieke Mol Lous
Voorzitter Stichting Ciwara Kids
University of Applied Sciences Leiden




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Our objectives

Quality education for everyone! We do this together!
Ciwara Kids is a small foundation dedicated to our (educational) partners in the South,  such as the Institut pour l’ Education Populaire (IEP) in Kati, Mali, to support their work for all children in the world to provide quality education. Even to those children who, because of disability, gender, ethnicity, culture or any other reasons, have little or no access to education. Ciwara is the name of the 'lab school' of the IEP, where education is provided to the poorest people, with a concept that includes child-centered education. Education that offers the children opportunities for themselves, their families and their country, that will give them the opportunity to establish a better future for themselves. 

Cooperation with strong partners
By working closely together with their partners on site, young professionals from the Netherlands are given the opportunity to practice and exchange new skills for effective teaching to provide fair opportunities for all pupils. The IEP is committed mostly to underprivileged children in the poorest areas to provide good education and it trains its teachers to offer more child-centered education in their own language (Read-Learn-Lead Program). Children not only learn reading, writing and arithmetic but they also get lessons on healthy living and hygiene. Young women from the community get a chance to retrain as teachers at one of the "lab schools" of the IEP.  

Ambassadors in the cause of ‘Do it yourself’
Oxfam Novib supports the cooperation of the IEP with the Lectorate of Appropriate Education/Inclusive Education at the University of Leiden to let mainly young people from Mali and the Netherlands work together on quality education in the classroom. The support consists of "human capital", which involves working together to share knowledge and develop new skills that our colleagues from the South itself can pass on and develop. Students and professionals invest their time and effort in Mali and the Netherlands in order to support their colleagues onsite. To give the students and young professionals this opportunity, the foundation can provide, if necessary, a small grant to pay for housing, transport and food, which in return benefits the local population.

Education for All (UNESCO)
Since its foundation, the IEP has, led by Maria Keita, Debby Fredo and Cheick Oumar Coulibaly, also begun to integrate pupils with physical and mental handicaps in the school routine of the school. The IEP is one of the first schools in Mali to do this, as it is still very common for children and teenagers with disabilities not to go to school and often they are even hidden from all public life by their own families. Shame, helplessness and poverty make the lives of the families with disabled family members even more difficult.

Maria Keita and Debby Fredo convince parents to bring their disabled children to school where they use teaching methods adapted to benefit the children. In collaboration with students and professionals from the Netherlands and Flanders, who provide expert support, the teachers develop of the Ciwara school new lesson materials and methods for the "special needs children." Meanwhile more than 45 disabled students attend the Ciwara School in Kati.
Of course, the disability of the children affects the school routine in more ways. There are still children who can not be transported or who are too weak to sit in class. Furthermore is material necessary and also information about healthy nutrition and prevention.
BUT: The IEP and its partners in Europe are constantly working on solutions to overcome the difficulties and the Ciwara school is, as far as we know, the first and only inclusive school in Mali, where children with disabilities are really taught!

Sustainable and result-orientated
Students and professionals work in close collaboration with the IEP. This appears to be a successful model and an alternative to costly development. Various products of this cooperation, like the inclusive model of education and teaching in the native language, are now being promoted by the Ministry of Education throughout Mali. 

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