Women 2000 Association in Africa

Promoting women and young people in Burkina Faso

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A project to strengthen education and professional technical training of young girls in vulnerable situations

The objective of education for everyone has been highlighted since 1990 with the World Declaration on Education for All where every person, child, young person or adult “benefits from training designed to respond to fundamental educational needs”. In 2000, the World Forum on Education adopted the Dakar Framework for Action “Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments” and until 2015, the United Nations will be focused on realizing eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), the second of which consists of ensuring primary education for all.

According to the 2008 Unesco report on Education for All, 72 million children in the world still do not attend school. If the MDGs proved effective in primary education, adult literacy remains a major task. Equality between the sexes equally remains a challenge, whereas the quality of education requires additional substantial effort. North/South NGO’s are committed in the area of education and professional training. In particular, they ensure that the various initiatives taken on by developing countries work well together as part of the Global Campaign for Education.

The problem for young people in vulnerable situations in Burkina Faso will only increase because of HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS numbers give close to 320,000 the cumulative number of orphans. Fifty to one hundred thousand children have one or both parents living with AIDS. Young people make up one third of the world’s population and more than half of the population of developing countries. They are part of a particular category characterized by a specific set of needs for rights that require recognition as such.

More than 200 million children and teenagers are victims of child labour who carry out tasks that harm their physical, emotional and psychological development. More than 120 million are victims of the worst kinds of child exploitation. Children work because their survival and that of their families depend on it. Child labour persists even when illegal and is frequently surrounded by a wall of silence, indifference and apathy.

Too many children are victims of the worst kinds of labour including trafficking, armed conflict, slavery, sexual exploitation and dangerous work. Sometimes girls and boys face higher risks depending on the kind of dangerous work and/or exploitation. Effective abolition of child labour is one of the urgent challenges of our time.

This is what attests to their commitment to advocate for democracy and freedoms in their territories. Once ratified, these instruments should then been applied by local jurisdictions. Next to national institutions, associations and individuals showed themselves as pioneers for implementing ratified human rights instruments and invest every day for the ratification of those that remain without positive answers from country legislators.

As part of the regulatory framework for the protection of children in vulnerable situations, Burkina Faso’s ratification among other things is used:

At the international level

- Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990
- ILO Convention 182 on the worst forms of child labour on May 24, 2001
- Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
- Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption
- ILO Conventions concerning the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment in 1997
- African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 1992

At the national level:

- Constitution of June 2, 1991, Article 2
- Individual and Family Code
- Labour code
- Social Security Code
- Penal Code, particularly Article 431 on the movement of minors, Article 242 on begging and vagrancy, Article 332 on abuse of children, Article 422 on the corruption of youth, and prostitution
- Kiti N AN/IV/CNR/EF-SN on the guardianship of orphans and kiti 319/FP on the placement and followup of the children in Burkina Faso

From the findings of the NGO’s involved in education and professional training in underdeveloped African countries, a number of the constraints that they face have come out, in particular:

- lack of educational and professional training infrastructures adapted to the needs of young people
- lack of qualified human resources, teaching material and logistics for small, local initiatives
- lack of finances to implement their action plans in education and professional training, as well as promoting young people
- poor capacity to ensure social integration of young people
- lack of coordination to create a synergy of actions and shared experiences

These difficulties are essentially due to the poverty of these countries that are collectively called underdeveloped and that have trouble striving for economic growth. This situation encourages the permanent violation of children’s rights and negatively impacts the NGO’s action dynamic in the field. In the context of decentralization in several underdeveloped countries, regional or local levels should benefit from support for consolidating the spirit of human capital by reinforcing education and professional training for local fair and sustainable development.

This challenge could be raised if valorizing human capital was supported to strengthen their technical, material, logistical, teaching and financial capacities to effectively implement their education and professional training projects at both the central and local levels.

Consequently, stakeholders invested in children’s rights could improve and accomplish their missions more effectively in various areas of education and professional training, promotion and protection of human rights and consolidating democracy in these countries. From there, they could contribute to the expectations of national and international objectives in human rights to education and professional training in a dynamic way.

The association’s objective is to promote women and young people, gender equality and equity in Burkina Faso. It, therefore, expects to strengthen capacities – technical, material, logistical and financial – and to valorize NGO’s in basic education in two West African countries, Burkina Faso and Niger. Action aims at a targeted group composed basically of associations and individuals. The expected impact for the medium- and long-term will affect the final beneficiaries that are populations, precisely the groups that are subjected to the negative consequences of declining sociopolitical, economic and cultural relations.

The current action stems from the desire to set up a framework for the education and socio-professional integration of young people in vulnerable situations in Burkina Faso*

The overall objective is to help promote access to education and professional technical training for young girls in vulnerable situations.

Specific objectives:

• Create and equip a framework of permanent dialogue for the stakeholders of these two countries
• Increase the rate of non-formal education and professional technical training of young girls in vulnerable situations
• Help young girls in vulnerable situations develop socio-professional skills
• Strengthen the economic, technical material, logistical and financial capacities of identified CSO’s
• Promote the dynamism and visibility of Civil Society Organisations
• Popularize national legislative, sub-regional and international tools that promote children’s rights
• Valorize and capitalize on the NGO’s acquired experience (specifically Burkina Faso and Niger)


The main activities are:

• Organize 4 training seminars with diverse themes on education and professional technical training
• Train and professionalize 200 young girls in agricultural and crafts entrepreneurship
• Provide logistical, teaching, computer and office materials to 20 CSO’s in Burkina Faso and Niger
• Organize 8 training seminars on how to collect data, manage information and communication
• Create and finance the operation of a permanent consultation framework between stakeholders in education and professional technical training
• Organize 8 seminars in management training focused on results-based management (RBM) and research for financing to reduce the rate of illiteracy among young girls in vulnerable situations
• Organize 8 conferences in Burkina Faso on national, sub-regional and international instruments ratified by Burkina Faso and on promoting children’s rights and those that have not yet been ratified
• A workshop on followup evaluation and capitalization of CSO’s and partners in education and professional technical training

The expected immediate results are:

• 4 training seminars
• 1 position for the CSO has been created and equipped
• 200 young girls in vulnerable situations were trained in agricultural and crafts entrepreneurship
• 20 local institutions in education and professional technical traning were given tools
• 8 seminars on instruments
• 20 institutions received technical, logistical and financial support
• 8 training seminars in communication techniques
• 1 permanent coordinator for the CSO’s
• 8 training RBM seminars
• 1 workshop on followup and acquired experience

For the medium and long term, results and products below are expected:

• Technical, material and financial capacities of the stakeholders in education and professional technical training in Burkina Faso are strengthened
• CSO’s have a permanent coordinator
• National, sub-regional and international instruments to promote education and professional technical training are better known by CSO’s in Burkina Faso and Niger
• CSO’s in education and professional technical training (in Burkina Faso and Niger) are valorized and dynamic
• Young girls in vulnerable situations are better promoted and protected in Burkina Faso and Niger.
• Report workshop on followup and evaluation of activities

To implement the project’s activities, the Women 2000 Association will work in collaboration with association partners, one of whom is Belgian from a local organization and the other from Burkina Faso. These two partners will be responsible for implementing the action plan to:

• Help identify human rights defenders to beneficiaries of the activities
• Monitor and supervise implemention of the development framework
• Help organize the seminars
• Facilitate participation of targeted and identified beneficiaries
• Monitor and supervise activities
• Participate in project evaluation sessions

To implement the project’s activities, the Women 2000 Association will work in collaboration with association partners, one of whom is Nigerian from a local organization and the other from Burkina Faso. These two partners will be responsible for implementing the action plan to:

• Help identify human rights defenders to beneficiaries of the activities
• Monitor and supervise implementation of the development framework
• Help organize the seminars
• Facilitate participation of targeted and identified beneficiaries
• Monitor and supervise activities
• Participate in project evaluation sessions

The Women 2000 Association, a leader in its field, will not request the collaboration of local and national authorities to implement activities in their territorial growth. Their role is to advocate for the success of the activities through a vast diffusion and facilitation of a favourable climate for CSO’s in education and professional technical training identified in planned meetings to participate. They can then help identify CSO beneficiaries in collaboration with the association and its partners. Therefore, AF2000 partners will work will department heads responsible for promoting education and professional technical training in two countries. Acquisition of resource materials for beneficiaries will be valid for contracts with suppliers who follow the procedures set by the respective countries.

Direct beneficiaries are associations (less than 20) and individuals (at least 200) young girls in vulnerable situations living in Burkina Faso and Mali. Once these stakeholders are given the tools in their field, whether technical or material, they can be proactive against the illiteracy of young girls in these countries. This will have a positive impact on the populations (final beneficiaries) in the medium and long term by strengthening the basis of fair and sustainable development.

These populations could really benefit from the humanitarian actions of human rights defenders who will now have most of the means to implement their projects. Also a training issue on the elaborating and managing projects, as well as financing research methodology, the CSO’s in education and professional technical training of the two countries could be better equipped to improve their financial capacity through foreign subsidies; in other words, assured sustainability of the project.

These compounding effects will guarantee the future of the proposed action. The action’s sustainability rests on the followup evaluation system and efficient management of resources. To do so, each formal partner will assure the monitoring/supervision of activities in the respective countries. In addition to this type of followup evaluation, the AF2000 will set up a Coordination, Followup and Steering Committee of five members. This committee will include a followup evaluation cell to compile data and information on the project implementation. It will be responsible for preparing progress reports and the final project report. Audits will be commissioned to control accounting in order to ensure normal use of resources.

Countries:

BURKINA FASO: Kaoda-yarcé, Kienfanga and Dano
NIGER: Dantiandou, Gaya et Maradi

Groups targeted:

Young girls who have dropped out of or never attend school

Final beneficiaries:

Families and communities of young girls in vulnerable situations, technical institutions decentralized from the State, promoters of the private sector, media, National Assembly deputies, religious and traditional communities and the Civil Society

Project duration:

36 months

Amount planned for project realization:
800,000 Euros

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