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SIT Study Abroad’s Mali program will be relocated to Senegal for the spring 2013 semester, due to the current political situation in Mali.
While in Senegal, the program will utilize the longstanding networks and resources of SIT’s Senegal program, which include office facilities, lecturers, and language instructors in Dakar. The program will maintain its substantive focus on the themes of gender, health, and community empowerment.
Due to the current political situation in Mali, SIT Study Abroad is suspending this program until further notice.
Explore the links between health, economic development, and social issues—including gender, religion, and community empowerment—in contemporary Mali.
This nation is seen as one of the forerunners among African nations striving to manage complex development issues, and the Malian government has consciously chosen to place high priority on gender and family matters. It does so in a country characterized by distinctive ethnic groups—including the nomadic Tuaregs, the cliff-dwelling Dogon, and the craftsmen and farmers of the Niger River—many of whom continue to practice traditional ways of life rich in art, religion, and community allegiances.
Students will learn about the link between women’s roles, family health, and improvement in development indicators. By showcasing the interconnectedness of these issues, the program provides students with an appreciation of the complexities involved in approaching health as an international development issue.
In-country resources and program partners generally include:
- Centre de Formation Professionnelle AOUA KEITA
- Association pour le Progrès et la Défense des Droits et des femmes Maliennes (APDF)
- CAFO (Coalition des Association et ONG Feminines du Mali)
- Pivot Sante
- Villages d'enfants SOS - Sanankoroba
|Congratulations to program alumna Sarah Smilkstein (Scripps College) who was awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant for the community education center she worked to establish in the Niamakoro neighborhood of Bamako. Read the Scripps interview in which Sarah describes her experience studying abroad in Mali with SIT.
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