Aide et Action ensures educational continuity for displaced students in Burkina Faso in the face of security risks

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In Burkina Faso, many students have been displaced after their schools were closed due to terrorist threats. Thanks to Aide et Action and its partners, they are able to continue their schooling, despite everything, and thus prepare for the end of year exams in good conditions and hope to obtain their certificate.

Food, school supplies, basic material and hygiene kits. This is the essential support provided by Aide et Action and its partner, Solidarité Laïque, in the framework of a project funded by the French Development Agency (AFD). This project aims at supporting displaced students and their host families in the commune 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 an analysis of the needs of the pupils and teachers, it was decided to provide the community with food (rice, flour, cereals, etc.), school supplies, transportable solar lamps, impregnated mosquito nets, mats, hand-washing facilities, soap, hydro-alcoholic gel, buckets, cups, drums and first-aid kits. This distribution, carried out at the end of April, allows displaced students in exam classes to resume classes 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 pupils to Manni, the main town of the commune where security conditions are better. Among them, 108 beneficiaries are due to sit their first exam at the end of the year (57 pupils, including 15 boys and 42 girls in CM2 for the Kulfo school; 25 pupils, including 12 boys and 13 girls for Soamboandi and 26 pupils, including 9 boys and 17 girls for Yarga). It is therefore essential to guarantee educational continuity for them as a priority.

A sense of joy and satisfaction

It is a feeling of joy and satisfaction that drives me, Salam Ouedraogo, Provincial Director of Pre-school, Primary and Non-formal Education in the Gnagna province. The displaced students have expressed a number of difficulties, but now all the problems highlighted have been resolved thanks to Aide et Action. The support provided to the host families will contribute enormously to improving the living and learning conditions of the students. I would like to thank Aide et Action very much. "

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

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