Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a small land-locked West African country bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Burkina gained its independence from France in 1960. It is the second poorest country in the world with 80% of its population working in agriculture and surviving through sustenance farming. Almost 50% of the population lives below the poverty line.

With an adult female literacy rate of 33.1% and only 18% participation in secondary education, Burkina Faso is ranked as the least literate country in the world. Although primary education is compulsory, the average boy only completes 5 years of school, while the average girl completes only 4. Most families cannot afford any education beyond primary school. Although the education costs are a fraction of what they are elsewhere, they are beyond the means of the vast majority of Burkinabe families. If a family can afford to send a child to school, they most often choose to send the boys, leaving the girls at home to work.


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