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.
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.