Education in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso – education

Burkina Faso Education, The Illiteracy of Burkina Faso is around 75%, although education has been a high priority; costs in 1990 amounted to approximately 1/4 of the state budget. The country’s educational system is in content, spirit and form a legacy of the colonial era. Most schools and seminars are public. Basic education is provided partly as courses for 15-65-year-olds illiterate in the local language and partly as six-year primary school for 7-13-year-olds in the country’s official language, French. The tuition is free, but the materials must be paid for. It is estimated that only approximately 30% of children attend school, and almost half of them leave before learning to read. There are approximately 6% continuing with a six-seven-year general or technical education (1992).

In 1965, in Ouagadougou, an institute for teacher training was established; in 1969 it was expanded to a center for higher education. 1974 became the center for a university from which students can graduate in the humanities, social sciences, medicine and law (1992). In the capital there are also vocational schools that train, for example, administrators and nurses, and an engineering college for agricultural technicians; a joint project between 13 French-speaking African states.


CAPITAL CITY: Ouagadougou

POPULATION: 18,400,000 (Source: COUNTRYaah)

AREA: 273,600 km²

OFFICIAL/OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: French, moré, diula, fulani, etc.

RELIGION: peoples religions 40%, Muslims 50%, Christians (especially Catholics) 10%



ENGLISH NAME: Burkina Faso


POPULATION COMPOSITION: moss 48%, man 9%, fulani 8%, lobi 7%, bobo 7%, senufo 5%, other 16%

GDP PER CAPITA INH.: $ 790 (2014)

LIFE EXPECTANCY: men 53 years, women 57 years (2014)




Burkina Faso is a Republic of West Africa; until 1960 French colony under the name of Upper Volta, Haute-Volta. This name was retained until 1984 when, after a coup, the country changed its name to the present one. Burkina is a word from the language moré which means ‘worthy, free, honest’; Faso is diula and means ‘the ancestral land’. Burkina Faso is a poor country and quite densely populated in terms of the limited natural resources and technological level. It is one of the countries that has been severely affected by the drought periods in the Sahel belt.

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Burkina Faso – Constitution

Burkina Faso – Constitution, The Constitution is from 1991 with important changes from 2000. The executive power lies with the president, who is elected by direct election for a five-year term that can only be renewed once. The president appoints a prime minister, but the National Assembly can veto the appointment. The legislative power has the National Assembly, whose 111 members are elected for five years by direct election, 90 from 45 regional lists and 21 from a national list. Check youremailverifier for Burkina Faso social condition facts.

Burkina Faso – mass media

Burkina Faso mass media, Burkina Faso’s democratization has led to some release of the press, and despite government scrutiny and self-censorship there are opportunities for government criticism, especially in the private media. Radio is the dominant mass media and there are a number of local and private radio stations. It is also both state and private television, and relatively many private print publications.

There have been reports of threats against journalists, and in 1998 a highly respected newspaper journalist, Norbert Zongo, was murdered after uncovering details of the torture and murder of a driver employed by the president’s brother. An independent investigation found that the murder of Zongo was clearly a political murder. A member of the President’s Security Corps was charged, but the charge later abandoned.

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