Education in Burkina Faso – the importance of conciliating modern and traditional education
Burkina Faso, known as the “Land of Upright People”, is often depicted by unfavourable statistics that do not demonstrate its strengths. It is nevertheless true that it is the second country world-wide, after Niger, with the highest school drop-out rate, according to UNICEF statistics of 2004. Enrolment rates have grown in the past ten years, from 40% to 79%, but the achievement rate remains low. Infrastructure is a problem, when even if 100,000 children succeed in obtaining their basic certificate, there are only 10,000 places available for them to continue their schooling.
The government is aware of this, and dedicates 16% of the national budget to education. International aid has covered 30% of the budget for education in the past, but now only covers 10%.
People in extreme poverty, partners to reach true education for all.
People with an experience of extreme poverty, together with academics and representatives from international NGOs and institutions, got together to discuss educational success, and how to reach it, during a six-day seminar. The seminar was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, at the beginning of March.
This seminar took place within the framework of ATD Fourth World's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) evaluation project. Proposals are being prepared for a final seminar in New York, in June 2013, in order to contribute to the post-2015 development framework to be set up after the MDGs deadline.
Executive Director to J-PAL Europe was at the Burkina Faso seminar on education.
Analysis by people with an experience of poverty.
People with an experience of extreme poverty shared their views on how to reach education for all, at the Ouagadougou seminar on the evaluation of the MDGs, in March 2013.
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