Bilingual School for the Fulani

Pastoralists in West Africa are not known to be particularly interested in education. For this reason, few Fulani in Burkina Faso enroll in schools or attend formal classroom instruction. So, it came as quite a surprise when a group of women, men, and tribal leaders from Signoghin (near Bittou) approached the Inspector of Primary Education to build a school for their young children. The Inspector was delighted to hear of their interest. He pledged that if the Fulani contingent was able to obtain the funds needed to build a primary school in their village, the government would provide it with teachers.

FBF members liked the concept of providing young Fulani children with an opportunity to attend school. They also liked the idea of students being in environment where both the local language (Fulfulde) and French would be spoken and literacy taught. FBF joined two other organizations: SEDELAN, a non-profit organization in Kaya and ABADAS, a NGO located in Arradon France). Together, they raised sufficient funds to build the school.

Construction is due to be completed in 2018. 

On site visit by Burkinabe, SEDELAN, and ABADAS respresentatives
On site visit by Burkinabe, SEDELAN, and ABADAS respresentatives
School plan for Signoghin
School plan for Signoghin
Construction in December 2017
Construction in December 2017
Construction in March 2018
Construction in March 2018
View of interior ceiling in a classroom
View of interior ceiling in a classroom