The project consists of providing accompaniment and psychopedagogical support to groups of girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso. The objective is to improve their academic level, increase their self-esteem, and prepare them to face the selective exams of Brevet d’Etudes du Premier Cycle (BEPC) and Baccalauréat (BAC) through reinforcement courses outside of regular school hours.
The enrollment rates in primary schools are nearly 85%, but the situation becomes concerning in secondary education, with rates ranging from 20% to 30% only. There is a notable difference between the genders, primarily due to the difficulties girls face in accessing secondary schools. This highlights the need for targeted efforts to address barriers and promote equal opportunities for girls to pursue education at the secondary level.
*Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Demography of Burkina Faso and UNICEF.
Since 2015, insecurity has threatened the country and sown desolation, leading to a massive exodus of the population fleeing conflict-affected areas. Over 4,250 schools have been closed, making Burkina the most affected country in West Africa in terms of attacks on educational centers.