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As violence continues unabated in Burkina Faso, Action Education is opening four new centres at the request of communities to give out-of-school and out-of-school girls a chance to return to school.
Testimony of a beneficiary girl
Pafadnam Hadji is a girl who was internally displaced due to insecurity and has never been to school. She was admitted to a bridging class of the "Scolarisation des Filles" (SCOLFILLE) project in order to be able to enter the mainstream education system after a year of accelerated learning. She testifies:
"This is the first time I have been to a school. In composition, I was third in the class. I am happy and I will continue to learn the lessons. We left our village, Kiri, for Kaya [north central Burkina Faso] because of the attacks in the villages. We are 19 people from Kiri. It was my uncle who brought us to Sapouy. My father is not here and I don't know where he is now. My mother is with us here in Sapouy. Before I enrolled, I used to help my mother and my uncle's wives with the work in the house (washing up, laundry, water, cooking). I like school and I want to continue going. I like all subjects. I want to become a teacher later on to help the children.
4 new centres for out-of-school girls
After the successful experience of the SCOLFILLE project in the 2021-2022 school year, Action Education will open 4 new centres for 102 pupils in the provinces of Ziro and Sissili. Burkina Faso is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and security situation. The deteriorating security situation has led to the internal displacement of nearly 2 million people, of whom more than 80% are women and children. Almost 40% of the population is affected by the closure of basic social services and the absence of state services. By the end of 2022, over 6,200 schools were closed due to insecurity. The project SCOLFILLE enables young girls from the central-western region of the country, some of whom are internally displaced due to insecurity, to catch up and then join the mainstream school system to continue their education.