The 2012 clashes between government forces and armed rebels in northern Mali forced more than 40,000 Malian refugees to flee to Burkina Faso. While a number of refugees since left, there are still communities that have not returned due to fear of ethnic conflict in northern Mali. While the humanitarian organizations are working diligently to provide basic needs and essential services, education for the displaced refugee children has not been made a priority.
Refugee children in Burkina Faso are not permitted to attend schools until the 3rd grade. Without prior education, the children would be far behind their classmates when they do in fact begin the 3rd grade. As such, this project will provide 1st and 2nd grade education to the displaced children, until they are able to attend regular schools in Burkina Faso. The project funds will pay for the schoolhouse rent, teachers' salaries, nutritious school meals, and school supplies for the students.
According to the UN Human Development Index, Mali and Burkina Faso are among the countries with the lowest adult literacy rate. The project will educate 43 Malian refugee children in Burkina Faso, allowing them to receive an education and bring a level of normalcy back to their lives. By assisting these refugee communities previously supported by TurtleWill, this project will contribute to Caravan to Class's mission of assuring the fundamental right of education no matter where a child lives.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).