Secondary Education: Burkina Faso
Because I am a girl…
I have the right to continue my education.
Burkina Response to Increasing the Development of Girls’ Education (BRIDGE)
In Burkina Faso, secondary schools are scarce, and a majority of children live between six to 12 miles from the nearest school. In addition, security and protection for girls is a main concern, with many getting married after primary school. While the government is encouraging girls to continue on to secondary school and delay marriage, there is not enough infrastructure – buildings, teachers, and training – to support such efforts.
Since 2006 Plan has been working to strengthen the country’s education system and infrastructure, which resulted in the construction of 132 schools, enrollment of 20,465 students, and increased girls’ enrollment in primary school by 46.9 percent. With those solid gains as a foundation, we are now turning our attention to the needs of adolescent girls. We are committed to increasing access to quality secondary education for girls by taking a holistic approach, including a classroom bloc design and formal and nonformal education, in addition to community awareness activities. In its adoption of this strategy, Plan will focus on the following activities:
- Construction of new secondary schools;
- Construction of additional classrooms in existing secondary schools;
- Construction of girls’ dormitories;
- Provision of scholarships for girls so they can attend secondary school;
- Extracurricular activities such as emotional support for girls.