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International Education: Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde On His Education in America (Part II)

Recent Ball State alum, Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde, continues his series of guest posts with Part II, in which he recounts his experiences surrounding his return to Burkina Faso. In this post, Mamadou discusses the value of education as well as how he utilized his English degree to earn a job teaching English in several private high schools. To see Part I of Mamadou’s post, click here.

A primary school teacher in Burkina Faso makes about $200 a month. A state high school teacher makes about $300 a month. I am sure most Americans would consider this outrageous. Well, they should not. Compared to life in the United States, life in Burkina Faso is not expensive. Most civil servants or government employees are pretty satisfied with what they are earning. However, here is where it gets complicated.

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Students from Near and Far

English professor Martha Payne photographed some of her writing program students this semester and shares some details about their presentations.


Hollin Bolden, Zach Wojdyla, Ty Rosberg, and Katrina ForeeĀ  presented on Social Class in Victorian England and had brought food to represent what members of those classes might have eaten: scones and grape juice for the rich; bread and water for the poor. Continue reading