School and Education in Burkina Faso


After the declaration of independence in 1960, the regime invested in the school system, which at this time was very poorly developed. However, financial difficulties have hampered the implementation of the plans. In 2006, about 22% of the population was literate. The proportion of men was significantly greater than the proportion of women, 29% and 15% respectively. Especially large was the illiteracy of rural women.

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About 47% of children participate in basic education (2006). However, only 31% complete the education, and only one in ten children go on to high school and high school. The education provided is free of charge and officially compulsory for children between 7 and 13 years. There is a great teacher shortage; In 2006, 46 students attended a teacher in primary school. In order to improve the education situation in rural areas, there is extensive school radio activity. About 15% of government spending goes to the education sector.

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The capital Ouagadougou is the center of higher education. universities, teacher training centers and vocational schools. Universities are also located in Bobo-Dioulasso. At the beginning of the 2000s, there were about 15,000 college students in Burkina Faso.

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