Raise the rate of children in full-time education
In Burkina Faso, the percentage of children in full-time school and the literacy rates are amongst the lowest in the world. Significant progress has been made over the past five years. The gross enrolment rate has increased by 15% and today 60.1% of school-aged children attend school, as against 45% between 2001 and 2002. The literacy rate has increased by 30% in 2001 to 32.5% in 2005 (source : DEP-MEBA, Aide mémoir, 8e mission conjointe). However, the overall state of education still remains a cause for concern.
The education system is characterized by geographical disparities both in terms of enrolment rate and in infrastructure coverage. There are also disparities related to gender – 65.7% of boys attend school against 54.5% of girls. Dropout rates and the numbers of children repeating grades are also very high. The pre-school situation is far from brilliant with only 1.17% of children in preschool in 2005.
With support from its development partners the government of Burkina Faso has undertaken major innovations in education on all fronts: pre-school, primary, non-formal and girls’ education. They have adopted the Ten-year Plan on the Development of Basic Education and the National Policy of Integrated Development of Children and set themselves the goals of reaching an enrolment rate of 70% by the year 2010, and education for all by 2015.