Education in Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso it is not yet self-evident that children go to school. Boys are generally sent to school, so they can take care of their parents later. This is very different for girls. After all, they get married and end up in another family.
With good education, a child has a basis, more opportunities in life. ASAP Foundation provides a safe environment, good education and a hot meal. It is precisely this that often convinces parents to send their children to school, that they are well fed. Moreover, the children learn about the importance of hygiene, which they pass on to their parents at home.
ASAP Foundation believes that early education is essential for the development of children. Most kindergartens in Burkina Faso are in the city and set up by private individuals with the main purpose of making money. ASAP therefore opens kindergartens in the villages, without any profit motive.
The primary schools in the rural villages are also built by ASAP. The schools are then transferred to the villages. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the teachers and their salary. ASAP has built several primary schools in recent years. We are also helping to build extra classrooms in order to reduce the number of children per class.
Secondary agricultural education (LAP)
ASAP Foundation started a secondary agricultural school (LAP) in 2011, because the level of secondary education in Burkina Faso is quite low. This is not in line with the level of education that ASAP offers at the primary schools. Moreover, the schools are located in the city, which makes them difficult to reach for young people from the countryside.
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Primary school lasts 6 years in Burkina Faso. In rural areas, school results are much lower than in urban areas. While the pass grade in a city primary school is around 80%, in a village primary school it’s only 55%.
We at ASAP Foundation believe that early education is essential for child development. In Burkina Faso, most nursery schools are located in the cities and are run by private individuals who are mainly driven by profit. That is why ASAP opens nursery schools in villages, on a non-profit basis.
Children in Burkina Faso spend 6 years in primary school. Primary school results in rural areas are not as good as in urban environments. In the cities, the average grade is 80%, in comparison with 55% in villages.
Village children often have to walk many kilometres to school. They can’t walk back home for lunch and often skip lunch. This has an impact on their capacity to stay concentrated in class. Children are vulnerable to diseases such as malaria and meningitis, so an extra meal can help boost their immune system.
In 2011, the ASAP Foundation inaugurated an agricultural high school ( LAP), in response to the low level of high school education in Burkina Faso. That level does not match the level of education offered in ASAP’s primary schools. On top of that, the high schools are located in cities, which makes them difficult of access for village youths.