In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate of the over-15s is currently 46% (as of 2021, source: UNESCO). For girls and women, it is even lower than the national average (38%, 2021).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 in Autumn 2020. 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.
thereby have a focus on the designing of special programs for women. Education
is a tool that should be equally available to everyone.”
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.