Burkina Faso 

awakening of children in Burkina Faso

Early Childhood Development  2020-2023

To improve the development of children from 3 to 6 years old

Only 6% of children are enrolled in preschool in Burkina Faso. Yet we know that pre-school education facilitates future learning, especially for the most disadvantaged children who often lack care and stimulation.

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The context

The Burkinabe government, which wishes to invest in early childhood development, is working on a 2021-2025 strategy.

But to date, the challenges remain significant: 

  • Public schools are lacking and private schools are poorly controlled, some classes are overcrowded, teachers change frequently, teaching practices vary among educators, ...
  • Few municipalities take full responsibility for developing pre-school education. 
  • School fees are high for the poorest families and many parents do not really understand the importance of early childhood development and education.

In addition, the increase in armed attacks in villages has caused more than 1 million people to flee the country since 2015, to the cities of Fada N'gourma and Ouagadougou in particular.

Children suffer heavy consequences on their health (trauma, violence, malnutrition, ...) but also on their education. 

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For every 100€ collected by Planète Enfants & Développement, 85€ are dedicated to our social mission.

Our projects are evaluated by independent firms. And our accounts are audited and certified each year by KPMG.

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The project

Since 2011, Planète Enfants & Développement has been involved in the awakening of children aged 3 to 6 and the development of education in the poor suburbs of Ouagadougou (called "quartiers non lotis"). We have created 12 kindergartens under the supervision of the town halls (called Centres d'Eveil et d'Education Préscolaire - CEEP), and trained the management committees of these schools,  trained educators and launched an application school in Goua that allows state-trained teacher-students to put theory into practice.

Over the next three years, we will continue this support in Ouagadougou and extend it to the eastern region, in Fada, where the kindergarten enrollment rate has fallen to 1.4% of children.

Support for pre-schools (CEEP)

  • We finish 2 of the 4 classrooms of a school in Fada, install toilets and hand washing facilities.
  • We are also building an additional classroom in the Polesgho school in Ouagadougou.
  • We equip 3 schools in Fada and 5 schools in Ouagadougou with games and toys, school gardens and wells.

We also plan to develop, in consultation with the Ministry of Education (MENA/PLN), a tool for monitoring the schooling of children aged 3 to 6.

180 scholarships awarded to vulnerable children

To encourage the attendance of underprivileged children at the preschool, we distribute grants to parents to pay the registration fees, the purchase of school materials (including uniforms), but also the canteen. 

Development of 2 public playgrounds

To complete the offer of awakening children, outside of school, we want to offer them outdoor play areas. We therefore plan to install 2 squares in disadvantaged neighborhoods, equipped with games made of local and recycled materials.

Influence on public policy

We work closely with city councils and local authorities to develop their early childhood development plans and to strengthen the legal framework.

We also plan to organize spaces for exchange of experience with Togo, which has good levels of preschooling and inspiring pedagogical practices. 

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"Half of the parents interviewed said that their children's awareness was the main motivation for enrolling them in school. This shows that parental awareness has had a positive effect on enrollment in these CEEPs. The safety of the children is also very important to them. The fences around the school and the supervision of the children by the teachers reassure them".

Moustapha Zabre, consultant who conducted a study in 10 preschools supported by PE&D

Our partners in the field

Ministry of National Education, of Literacy and Promotion of National Languages (MENA/PLN)

Ministry of Women's Affairsof National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action

National Institute of Social Work Education (INFTS)

APAC-Fandima Association for Artistic and Cultural Promotion-Fandima which contributes to community development through culture in the Eastern region.

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