Burkina Faso, a fragile West African country among the 10 poorest in the world, is affected by an armed conflict that uprooted more than 1 million people. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating quickly and severely.
Conflict has also hit hard educational facilities, on top of which the coronavirus pandemic has created additional challenges. As of February 2021, more than 2,200 schools were closed throughout the country because of the increasing insecurity – attacks on villages and displaced civilians. Over 300,000 children are now out of school.
Thanks to EU humanitarian funding, Spanish NGO ‘Educo’ is supporting over 80 schools in Burkina Faso’s conflict-torn northern regions. The EU-funded project provides education for over 7,000 children, of whom 5,000 have been forcibly displaced by the insecurity, fleeing attacks on their villages. To this end, the project also provides training to teachers and social workers so that they can provide professional protection care for children caught up in humanitarian crises.
Story by Hilaire Avril, Regional Information Officer in Dakar, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Photos: © European Union, 2021 (photographer: Olympia de Maismont)