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April: A BRIGHT future for girls in Burkina Faso

Girls attend class at a BRIGHT school in Burkina Faso. The BRIGHT project provides incentives to remove barriers to girls’ education and encourages regular attendance of children in schools, particularly girls. Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
Girls attend class at a BRIGHT school in Burkina Faso.

The BRIGHT project provides incentives to remove barriers to girls’ education and encourages regular attendance of children in schools, particularly girls.

Photo courtesy of Plan staff.
April 2, 2010

Plan USA eNews: April 2010

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Letter from the editor

Last month, Interim President/CEO of Plan USA Audrey Bracey Deegan traveled to Burkina Faso to visit one of 132 schools built through the BRIGHT project. There, she was able to witness firsthand the progress that Plan is making on improving access to education for girls.

In Burkina Faso, primary school enrollment rates are some of the lowest in the world, with a 25% completion rate for girls. But just one year into implementation of the BRIGHT program, attendance rates have skyrocketed - up to 95% for girls in the communities where we work!

Audrey had the opportunity to meet with members of one BRIGHT community, and speak at length with them about what Plan and BRIGHT mean to them. She learned from village members, parents, teachers and school administrators that their BRIGHT school is a source of pride for all community members – especially the girls, who feel empowered and appreciate the opportunity to get an education.

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of Audrey’s trip to a BRIGHT community in Burkina Faso!

The BRIGHT project

The BRIGHT project in Burkina Faso is an exciting initiative. The goal is simple: to encourage increased enrollment and regular school attendance of children, particularly girls.

During the first phase of the BRIGHT initiative, a $12 million dollar grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation allowed Plan to build 132 schools in the 10 provinces with the lowest girls’ education rates. Phase II will spend an additional $22 million, building 69 more schools and expanding on the 132 original schools.

Learn more about the BRIGHT project and Plan’s work in Burkina Faso


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