Help 200 students learn to read in Burkina Faso

by Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL) Vetted since 2010


Friends of African Village Libraries' summer reading camps teach students how to read. Through individual tutoring, educational games and activities, elementary school students learn how to read.

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With one of the lowest literacy levels in the world and a school system that is overcrowded and understaffed, Burkina Faso struggles to teach its children how to read. The problem is most acute at the village level, where nationally low levels of literacy hit bottom. Crowded classrooms and a lack of resources make it difficult for teachers to work with students who are struggling to read and many children fall behind, remaining functionally illiterate even as they enter middle and high school.


FAVL's reading camps help students in small villages learn to read. Students spend a week practicing reading skills that are not sufficiently nurtured at school, engaging in educational activities and playing games that reinforce new reading skills.

Long-Term Impact

FAVL's reading camps will help 200 students learn to read, giving them the skills and confidence in their academic abilities that they will need to pass their middle school entrance examinations and continue their education to a higher level.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Charles Casler
San Jose, CA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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