Ouagadougou, Jan. 13,2021 The Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, Yasmine Sherif, is on a three-day mission to Burkina Faso.
The mission, to start from Wednesday, is to ascertain the education needs of children and youth caught in the multiple crises affecting the country and announce new funding to respond to these needs.
In a statement issued shortly before her arrival in Ouagadougou, the Fund indicated that during her stay, Sherif will visit ECW-supported education programs in emergency situations, to ensure the continuity of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She will also meet with families displaced by violence and insecurity, in addition to partners such as government, United Nations, civil society, public and private donors to mobilise more support and resources to ensure a quality education for children affected by insecurity, the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme poverty, food insecurity and climate change that plague the country.
During her mission, Sherif will announce new funding from ECW to launch a multi-year resilience programme that aims to ensure access to quality education for over 800,000 children and youth affected by the crisis in the country.
According to the latest data of ECW, more than 2.6 million children and adolescents are out of school across Burkina Faso.
The situation is particularly worrying in the six most affected regions, Boucle du Mouhoun, Center-East, Center-Nord, East, Nord and Sahel, where 56 per cent of children aged 3 and 17 are out of school, and the primary school completion rate at only 29 per cent, which is less than half of the overall national rate.