After only a few contaminations in March April, a new wave of contamination of COVID is also happening in Burkina since December. The election in November and the end of the year have created a lot of movement of people. There are between 150 and 250 cases per day. Nothing in comparison with the number in our countries. However there are no more than 500 tests per day with a majority of them for travelers.

Social context in Burkina and the little impact on people of the COVID make it difficult to use the recommended protecting barriers.

There are more than 4.000 people who die from Malaria in Burkina each year. The CORONA does not seem a priority.

News from the LAP

6th year class

The first trimester is over and there have been no disturbances related to the corona virus. The first report cards of this term are issued for the first 4 years of the school (the second cycle has a semester report system).

The above results are in line with expectations. First-year students must adapt to school (high school and boarding school). The results of the fourth graders are always low, the teachers want to scare the students to make them work. It’s an exam year. We have tried to change this habit but without success. Teachers say parents wouldn’t understand if a student with a normal GPA doesn’t do well at the exam, but they are happy that their child passed the exam even if the school grade is low….

What is new is that girls are surpassing boys. It is normally the opposite. We have implemented a new evening study program with visiting teachers to help if needed. A bit of a structure in the study seems to help.

Two of the LAP gardens

Papaya tree

Jujube tree

Season Greetings from Burkina

Personnel of APPA

 

Personnel of ABF

LAP students

Quotes of the week

“The past attracts me, the present frightens me, because the future is death.”― Guy de Maupassant

“The future is a door, the past is the key.” – Victor Hugo

I wish you health and peace for 2021.

Hervé

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