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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2008
CASSACA, Guinea-Bissau, 3 March 2008 -- Like many girls in Guinea-Bissau, Mariama Sambu, 10, has a busy life. She rises at six each morning to help with household chores, which is no easy task when you share your small home with 18 other people.
The structure of her house -- bricks made of mud, a dirt floor and a corrugated metal roof -- stands as a reminder that Mariama lives in one of the five poorest countries in the world. There is no electricity or running water, so Mariama must walk each morning to a nearby well, which was provided by UNICEF. Before this well was built, she had to walk 2 km for water, which left her little time to prepare for class.
UNICEF has been working to help girls like Mariama excel in school by providing training for teachers. In this video, UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on how UNICEF-supported programmes make it easier for girls to attend school.