Faced with the security risk, Aide et Action ensures educational continuity of displaced students in Burkina Faso


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In Burkina Faso, many students have been displaced following the closure of their schools due to terrorist threats. Thanks to Aide et Action and its partners, they can continue their education, despite everything, and thus prepare for the end-of-year exam under good conditions and hope to obtain their certificate.

Food, school supplies, basic equipment and hygiene kits. This is the essential support provided by Aide et Action and its partner, Solidarité Laïque, as part of a project funded by the French Development Agency (AFD). This aims to support displaced students and their host families in the municipality of Manni, in eastern Burkina Faso, following the closure of their schools due to terrorist threats. This initiative greatly relieves the local educational community and creates better conditions for the continuation of the school year.

Close to the needs of the community

Following the analysis of the needs of the students and teachers, it was decided to provide the community with food (rice, flour, cereals, etc.), school supplies, portable solar lamps, impregnated mosquito nets, mats, hand washing devices, soap, hydroalcoholic gel, buckets, cups, drums and medicine boxes. This distribution, made at the end of April, allows students displaced in exam class to return to class under acceptable conditions.

Indeed, terrorist threats on the one hand and attacks on the other have forced several schools to close their doors, leading to the displacement of students in Manni, the town’s capital where security conditions are better. Among them, 108 beneficiaries must take their first exam at the end of the year (57 students including 15 boys and 42 girls in CM2 for the Kulfo school; 25 students including 12 boys and 13 girls for Soamboandi and 26 students including 9 boys and 17 daughters for Yarga). It is therefore essential to guarantee educational continuity for them, as a priority.

A feeling of joy and satisfaction

It is a feeling of joy and satisfaction that animates me,” says Salam Ouedraogo, Provincial Director of Preschool, Primary and Non-Formal Education in the Province of Gnagna. “The displaced students expressed a number of difficulties, but now all the problems highlighted have been resolved thanks to Aide et Action. The support provided to host families will go a long way in improving the living and learning conditions of the students. I extend my sincere thanks to Aide et Action.

For their part, the students also thanked Aide et Action for allowing them to prepare for the end-of-year exam in good conditions. They are committed to work hard so that this support is not in vain.