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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Educational Administration and Leadership, K-12: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

John Eller

Second Advisor

Roger Worner

Third Advisor

Michael Miller

Fourth Advisor

Mumbi Mwangi

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Keywords and Subject Headings

female education, girls education, girl in STEM, Stem, empower girls, Africa, Burkina Faso, West Africa, African Union, Third World feminism


This study documents the narratives of female students’ experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational programs in a high school in Burkina Faso. The study examined the successes and challenges of female students who want to improve their academic achievement. The main goal of the study is to inform educational stakeholders about the female students’ experiences in STEM and make recommendations for increasing female students’ enrollment and retention rate in STEM programs.


I would like to thank all people who have helped and inspired me during my research and study at Saint Cloud State University.

I especially want to thank my advisor, Dr. John F. Eller, Program Director of the Educational Administration and Leadership at Saint Cloud State University. Since my admission in this program in 2009, you have been my teacher and also my advisor and definitely made me the graduate student with the degree of Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership that I earned as of today. I’m so grateful to the challenge you gave me to always improve and perform.

I am greatly indebted to Dr Mumbi Mwangi, Associate Professor of Women and Ethnic Studies at Saint Cloud State University for being incredibly supportive. You have provided so much input this dissertation and in my academic learning process and I will be forever be grateful.

I was delighted to interact with Dr Roger B. Worner and Dr. Nicholas J. Miller, the Educational Administration and Leadership professors and members of my committee. You have dedicated a lot of time throughout this project. I would like to thank you for your help and the important information you have provided.

I especially thank my husband Stanislas Ilboudo, whose unconditional love has been my greatest strength. Thank you for supporting me and giving me the strength and the courage to be the woman I can be. You have provided a wealth of advice, financial support and all kinds of lovely assistance a husband can provide to a wife. I do love you.

I owe my deepest gratitude to my mother and my father; Brigitte and Mathias for proudly raising me with unflagging love and support throughout my life.

Thank you to my siblings Jeanne, Danielle, Esther, Delphine, Late Wendpanga, David, Christophe, and Deo-Gratias for your love, support and prayers.

Lastly, and most importantly, I wish to thank my lovely children, Yvonne Esther, and Yves Junior who are the special gifts of my life. I hope to be a role model for you. To you I dedicate this dissertation.



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