Main Barriers to Education
- Conflict affected
- High population growth
Interventions to Barriers
- School Renovation and Construction
- Parental Involvement & Advocacy
- Accelerated-Learning Programmes
- Teacher Training
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.
At present, access to primary education in Burkina Faso is complicated by a complex intersection of issues ranging from socio-cultural, gender, environmental to economic and political. In aggregate, these dynamics create formidable access barriers, especially for girls from poorer, rural areas. In effect, a pronounced gender gap disfavouring this demographic of girls in enrolment, retention and learning outcomes by a two-to-one ratio exists. Furthermore, these same children are susceptible to gender-based violence, stereotyping and forced marriages.
In developing countries, disability tends to be linked with poverty and hinders access to education. It is estimated that 90 per cent of children with disabilities (CwDs) are not schooled. According to UNICEF reporting being identified as disabled has a significant influence on the likelihood of education exclusion in West and Central Africa.