Main barriers to education
- 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.