PROJECT FOR IMPROVING THE EDUCATION NETWORK IN RURAL AREA BISSIGA (ZIGA COMMUNE) - BURKINA FASO
Architects Without Borders has been working continously in Burkina Faso since 2002 focusing in two main performance lines: in one hand, working on the strengthening of the local organizations, with the actors of endogenous development and in the productive and formative field, mainly in the rural sector. On the other hand, in the educational field, contributing to the improvement of the access to the primary school network, for both children(public primary schools) and adults (literacy classrooms). Last July 2013, we carried out an identification trip through which we visited the school of Bissiga, a village situated in the commune of Ziga, at the region of Sanmatenga (Burkina Faso). The existent school was a “école of paillote” (straw school, self-constructed, through the parents's association of the village. Because of the lack of resources, the school was in poor conditions and it had not the minimum requirements neither the necessary capacity for the children of the village and surroundings. The aim of the project is the replacement and extension of the existent school, endowing it with an own water well and enable it for its correct operation. By means of the building of this School Centre we will facilitate the access to the educational public network, decreasing the distances and increasing and improving the educational resources for the children of the surruonding villages of Bissiga. The construction of this school will contribute to increase the percentage of centres to the country, with such low-level education, especially in the rural zones.