In northern Burkina Faso, less than 15% of girls go to school. Over the next 3 years, the project will enable 900 rural girls whose parents cannot afford to send them to school, to enter primary school. The project will purchase a lamb and school materials for the girls' first year of primary school. Parents will assume responsibility for the costs of the remaining 12 years of primary, middle & secondary school by the yearly sale of their lambs and the purchase of new lambs and school materials.
The project works with village leaders & families to identify 5-6 year old girls & provides a lamb & school materials for each girl's first year. Parents raise, sell & purchase lambs yearly to buy their daughters' school materials for 12 years.
At least 80% of the 900 girls will achieve 12 years of education, leading to improved child health, lower fertility rates, higher levels of education in the next generation & more effective participation in civil society and the economy.