Mentoring Baccalaureate Students

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Mentoring Baccalaureate Students: Teaching and mentoring final year high school students to help them succeed.

Bamako, MaliBamako, MaliSEVARE, MaliSEVARE, Mali
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Organizational Growth
Franchising, Licensing, Accreditation
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Habibou’s passion is providing support, mentorship to Junior high school students. He tutors high school baccalaureate candidates who have fallen behind and coming from modest backgrounds. He does so to help them graduate High school

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

’’What if all students could pass their bac exam?’’
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

During the last five years, thousands of students were received in already outnumbered schools. It is very unlikely, if not impossible for the schools to successfully transmit knowledge to many of the students to be fully prepared for the baccalaureate exam. So after repeated failures to graduate high school, many students simply drop out.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

With a success rate of only 17.99 % of baccalaureate exam of 2015 in Mali (Mali Ministry of education, July 2015) the project is about teaching and mentoring High school students.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

That is how she changed school. The school she is attending now is saturated. There are too many students in the same class and it is hard to understand. Her school which is public never finishes the national curriculum. Resulting in having hard time to answer the questions the day of the national exam. As she can not afford after classes which are expensive, she failed the exam for the third time.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Organization Information: MENTORING BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS Mentoring baccalaureate Students works to provide after-school classes and mentoring. Currently the project is operating in a small town of SEVARE in the center of Mali. It’s target students are junior high school students. Due to the massive numbers of students in classes and all the recurrent strikes mostly from teachers. Many junior High schoolers fail to graduate. Mentoring baccalaureate students is currently working with the public high school of ‘’Hamadoun Dicko’’by providing mentoring and after school classes. .

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

-Establish centers in 3 regions of Mali where students can meet with teacher volunteers -Improve the numbers of students and volunteer teachers of all baccalaureate subjects. -Increase significantly the number of High school graduation in the target schools

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

As English teacher and co-founder of language and computer training center, I am willing to spend part of the income of the center to keep the social project running.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

the teaching and the mentoring that we do in long run will have a significant positive impact on the success rate of baccalaureate exam. My former high school current director said it was the first time he receives such kind of support.

Founding Story

In Mali, the final year of high school is a year full of stress. Students spend the whole year with the fear of the exam they will have to take by the end of the year. The ability of the student to afford after class turns out to be necessary to succeed.Some students that need to take after classes but their economic and social conditions will not permit them to do so. growing in a low income family has taught me what a noble cause it is fighting for social causes and equal opportunity. Education as key to success, the low high school graduation in Mali inspired me to teach and mentor students.


Even though I am currently struggling for volunteers, yet the project is operating. I am confident that I'll have volunteers in my new location.


Mentor Dida's picture

Great job!

As a former refugee I truly appreciate the work you are doing. This really does make a difference, but also think of efficiency and also analyze the root causes of problems. This journey is not easy but it is very rewarding. Keep being a Changemaker.

Here is my feedback, might sound harsh but it is with good intentions.

Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? Talk more about the problem! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution. Show statistics to show how serious the problem is.

What if:

Good, but also think of using references to make it more realistic and believable. Think of also why this problem is happening. What is the root cause of the problem?
This needs more work. Think of simplifying the solution. Use references when you use statistics. It is still not clear what you are going to do and how are you going to add value. What is your value proposition?

This part should be at the problem portion. This example requires to also say what did you do to help? How did/would that one person benefit from your solution?

How are you going to measure success? How are you going to increase your impact?

Full Impact Potential:

Think of creating a vision statement and if everything goes to plan, what would happen to the communities that you are working with? What is your ideal impact! Where do you plan on expanding?

Think of having a revenue source because that way you won’t rely completely on donations. Find a repeatable and scalable model of your solution that could spread easily and it is effective.
Analyze what others are doing and show what you are doing different or better than your others in the market.
Founding Story:
Great story! Think of making it more person. Why did you decide to work on this project?
Build a strong team of people who are the same age as you and have the same passion as you. Think of also getting an advisory board.

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