According to the UN, Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world has an estimated 85% illiterate inhabitants. In 2005 the percentage was 87% and has increased on by 2% in seven years. Both the economic growth and the health system are affected because of the population’s inability to decipher the written word, making the progress towards a stable and consistent economy very hard.
The Southern region of the country is mostly affected by the lack of schools due to bad weather conditions as well as limited governmental funds. Most schools are made of hay and are no more than three classes at once. The school of Onlaissan located in the village of Leo has classes ranging from first to third grade with a total of 439 students and right now, this school has classes from first to sixth grade but only three have an actual building while the students in the other three try to hide themselves from the exasperating heat in their classes made of hay. These are dangerous conditions especially when the weather in Sub-Saharan Africa can become unbearably hot, windy, or dangerously rainy
We would like to intervene and reverse the ongoing cycle of illiteracy that has been going on for years. Every child should be given the opportunity to learn how to read, write and speak. Knowing and having these skills allow someone to fit in a community, to be independent and hopeful for a brighter future. These children are known to be the future leaders of the country; but from the statistics stated above their chances seem bleak. Since the basic elementary education teaches them -reading, writing, math, science, and history we will also learn about sanitation (good hygiene, protecting the environment etc…). All of these can be passed up from child to parents and grand-parents. So the addition of the three classrooms will be beneficial to the entire community.