Adult Education

Adult Education

According to the Human Development Index of the United Nations from 2015, Burkina Faso had one of the world’s lowest ratings for school attendance. According to NetAfrique, Burkina Faso ranks 52nd out of 52 African countries in 2013 in the rate of adult literacy, with the adult illiteracy rate in Burkina Faso currently at 71 percent.

There is a lack of schools in Burkina Faso and even after several years of schooling, sustainable literacy is not guaranteed due to the poor quality of education. There is a need for literacy courses and their demand among the parents of schoolchildren, amongst adults and especially for women from the surrounding villages.

The literacy courses for adults are to take place in the classrooms of the Operndorf school. As the adults work mainly in the fields during the day, the courses can only take place during the evening during the week and outside of the harvest period on the weekend. They need well-lit rooms, which the Operndorf School can offer.

A reform effort of the Operndorf Afrika is to increase the proportion of girls in the school. This can be supplemented by specially planned literacy courses for women in the region. This should thereby increase the basic understanding of the importance of education, among the local general public.

It is envisaged that the literacy courses should be financed by the Ministry of Education of Burkina Faso. Talks with the Ministry of Education of Burkina Faso are currently taking place.

“Education constitutes one of the main pillars for the opera village. The opera village is a platform that will not only make art in whatever form, always accessible or usable, but precisely also education. Building up on this, as well as the opportunity to also provide for literacy among adults, is another focus. I regard equality as a basic need, particularly for the women of the region and we
thereby have a focus on the designing of special programs for women. Education
is a tool that should be equally available to everyone.”
Aino Laberenz

The library at Operndorf Afrika

In the spring of 2018 we were able to supplement the school in Operndorf Afrika with a library. Led by Madame Edwige COMPOARÉ, First Class Teacher at the Operndorf Afrika School, the library is open to students, young people and adults in the area, and offers a wide selection of French-language books, thus contributing to the economic and social development of the area Region around Operndorf Afrika. The library opens every morning during the big break, as well as on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.