This Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Minister of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages, Lionel Bilgo, opened the exchange session dedicated to the search for solutions for the construction of infrastructures of the Project of Improving Access and Quality of Education (PAAQE) and examining preparations for school examinations and competitions, session 2022.
Burkina Faso is experiencing the worst security crisis in its history. The world of education is not spared this crisis. In fact, as of March 31, 2022, the number of schools closed was 3,664; the number of students affected was 579,440; the establishments relocated due to insecurity are 125; and the reception facilities for internally displaced students were 4,237. This is a reminder made by the Minister of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages, Lionel Bilgo, to show the delicate situation in which education in Burkina is today. Confidence, these figures also illustrate the difficulties of accessing, investing or carrying out any form of structuring activity in fragile areas. From their convictions, this changing situation imposes on the actors a perpetual review and adaptation of activities in order to continue to promote the educational offer and a resilient educational system, in particular through the creation of adequate school infrastructures and a good evaluation. of learning. . If we follow his statements, it is in this sense that the meeting of exchanges that he chairs, has wanted to be essential to find consensual solutions for the realization of the infrastructures programmed in the frame of the Project of improvement of the access and the quality of education (PAAQE) and also to take stock of the preparations for the organization of school exams and competitions for the 2022 session.
School exams the health barometer of the education system
School exams are the health barometer of Burkina’s education system. Even in the best situations of peace, his organization has always been extremely delicate, a source of anxiety for the actors and mobilizes all energies. These are the words of the Minister of Education, who, in order to justify the holding of the exchanges, considers that what could be more normal, that the current situation requires more anticipation and vigilance in order to bring together the ideal administrative, material and security conditions. . by the perfect realization of the mentioned examinations, sample of the resilience of our system before the terrorist hydra. According to him, it is in this vision that the exchanges in question fall, which has wanted to be frank, sincere and fruitful.
The Project to Improve Access to and Quality of Education (PAAQE) is funded by the World Bank. He supports the government of Burkina Faso by building educational infrastructure, recalled Lionel Bilgo. It indicates that in component 1, there are plans to build and equip eight general education schools, thirteen general education schools, six regional science schools and fifty additional classrooms in the thirteen regions. There are also plans to build and equip Preparatory Classes for Large Schools (CPGE) and Aggregation Preparation Centers (CPA) for secondary education in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, he said. Unfortunately, he regrets that the implementation of the project is finding difficulties on the ground. The government spokesman remains convinced that this meeting offers an opportunity to examine the different concerns, identify and validate the best solutions, able to allow the start of the different works. Lionel Bilgo invited the participants to the meeting for fruitful exchanges. Before closing his speech, he paid tribute to the teachers with his words: “Allow me to salute the courage, self-sacrifice and sacrifice of all these fighters, especially the teachers who, at the risk of their lives, allow us to keep the green lights on our education system despite the bad weather.”.