In Mali, over a third of primary-age girls are not enrolled at school.

Children in Mali with opportunities for the future thanks to SOS ChildrenIn Mali, there are currently two SOS nurseries and three SOS schools. These facilities provide education to children from SOS Villages and from the wider community. Staff members are well trained and the resources available to students are of a high standard.  Below you can find an overview of the SOS Children education projects.

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Adama's Story

Adama was abandoned by both her parents and passed among relatives until an aunt was forced to give her away by a threatening husband. Admitted to the SOS Village at Socoura at six years old, she was physically underdeveloped and couldn’t speak. Now Adama attends nursery and always listens to the songs and sounds of the other children. And recently Adama has begun to say ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ and to try pronouncing the names of her SOS brothers and sisters.

SOS Schools in Kita

TPA 61427The SOS Primary and Junior High School at Kita opened in November 2009. The school began with eight classes and nearly 300 pupils, and this grew to eighteen classes within a year.

  • The school aims to provide an excellent academic environment for children in the region, many of whom previously had to walk many kilometres to reach their classes.
  • Facilities at the school include a canteen to ensure pupils are eating at least one nutritious meal a day, because many are from families living in extremely impoverished conditions.

Discover how you can help children and young people in Kita through SOS Children's sponsorship programme.

SOS Schools in Sanankoroba 

Children benefiting from an education in SanankorobaThe SOS Nursery at Sanankoroba has around 220 children, with around fifteen coming from the SOS Village, twenty from the Family Strengthening Program and the rest from the local community.

  • Children are divided into three sections and the teaching at the nursery aims to address their emotional needs, as well as developing their physical abilities (with indoor and outdoor activities), fostering language and communication skills and improving their social abilities with play and games.
  • At the end of the school year, the nursery held a dance for the little ones.

The SOS Primary and Junior High School at Sanankoroba has around 850 students, with over 100 children coming from both the SOS Village and Family Strengthening Programme and the remainder from the local community.

  • Academic results are high at the school, where in a recent year 100 per cent of students passed the Primary School and Junior High School Leaving Certificate. The school’s motto is 'Work, Discipline, Excellence'.
  • Subjects at the school include English from the fifth grade and computing from the seventh grade. In partnership with Biblionef, the school’s library resources were greatly improved with the addition of over 1,500 donated textbooks and learning materials from the Association for the Francophone International Distribution of Books, Works and Journals (ADIFLOR). Donkey-drawn carts are another important facility of the school, providing transportation for students from very remote villages.

Discover how you can help children and young people in Sanankoroba through SOS Children's sponsorship programme.

SOS Schools in Socoura/Mopti 

sponsor a child in MaliThe SOS Nursery at Socoura/Mopti has around 270 children, with over 20 coming from the SOS village and the rest from the local community.

  • The nursery is divided into three sections and provides a wide range of learning and play activities for the children, who spend the last day of the school year giving dance and recital performances.
  • In October 2009, the nursery children took part in the inauguration of the new SOS school at Socoura.

The SOS Primary and Junior High School at Socoura opened on October 1st 2009. The school has 18 classes providing places for over 800 children, including over eighty from the SOS Village.

  • In terms of academic achievement, it was particularly rewarding for the school that all candidates sitting the Primary School and Junior High School Leaving Certificates passed these examinations to give a 100 per cent success rate.
  • Sports at the school include basketball, football, volleyball and handball. Other non-curricular lessons include those provided by the Practical and Guided Activities (PGA), where students learn skills such as carpentry, dress making, weaving, basketry and gardening.

Discover how you can help children and young people in Socoura/Mopti through SOS Children's sponsorship programme. 


Did you know? Child sponsorship with SOS Children costs £20 a month and 100% of that is spent on the care of children.