Burkina Faso

Despite the country’s recent bouts of political unrest, Burkina Faso has made sizeable gains with regard to the pursuit of EFA. Between 2000 and 2012, the country more than doubled its score on EFA’s index for African countries. Notwithstanding this indicator of progress, Burkina Faso’s education sector is still fraught with challenges – the country’s index totals were approximately 25 points below the average scores registered by its African counterparts.

Burkina Faso
source(s): UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Current as of July 2016; UNESCO EFA GLOBAL MONITORING REPORT 2013/14

Main barriers to education

  • Poverty
  • Conflict affected
  • High population growth

Interventions to Barriers

  • School Renovation and Construction
  • Parental Involvement & Advocacy
  • Accelerated-Learning Programmes
  • Teacher Training

With limited natural resources, Burkina Faso is a land-locked country located in sub-Saharan Africa.  In terms of demography, Burkina Faso is made up of predominantly youth at 60%,the population growth rate averages approximately 3% and the national poverty rate was estimated to at 49% in 2009 (CIA World Factbook).

Burkina Faso in the social context has improved infant mortality and maternal mortality.  In addition improvements in the education sector means that the gross primary school enrolment rate increased from 57% in 2005 to 81% in 2013 according to the World Bank.

Historically, this country has witnessed much turmoil in the form of repeated military coups in the 80’s and 90’s.  In 1983, Capt. Thomas Sankara seized power and adopted radical left-wing policies according to the BBC.  Prior to his rule, the country was known as Upper Volta, the translation of ‘Burkina Faso’ reads as "land of honest men". Captain Sankara who renamed the country lost his power and his life to a coup in 1987.  The new leader, Blaise Compaore re-introduced the multi-party system in Burkina Faso and today, the country faces further political crisis because of Article 37 of the country’s constitution, which states that a president can only serve two consecutive terms in office. 

The stability of Burkina Faso’s economy is further affected by external shocks such as low rainfall, international financial and oil crises, and regional instability according to the CIA world Factbook.


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Agence Française de Développement (co-Financing Partner)

Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is the official development assistance coordinator for France’s bilateral aid. Its aim is to contribute to more sustainable and shared economic growth, improve living conditions in the poorest regions and countries of the world, help preserve the planet and stabilise fragile or post-conflict countries.


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Handicap International

In partnership with EAC, Handicap International aims to reach more than 28,000 out of school children (OOSC) of primary age with disabilities across ten sub-Saharan African countries.

Plan International

Plan International has been working in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1970s, helping poor children to realise their right to health, education, food security and protection. EAC has partnered with Plan to ensure that hundreds of thousands of primary-school age children access quality education in Ghana and Uganda. Furthermore, EAC and Plan have collaborated to expand access to Speed Schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Through separate initiatives, EAC and Plan aim to reach 331,000 out of school children (OOSC) in Ghana, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.