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Girls as a state priority

Plan International Burkina Faso is a leading NGO in the educational sector, and we are using our expertise to connect children – in particular girls – to quality, basic education, with forward-looking projects encompassing improvements to education as well as to school governance.

Plan International Burkina Faso has helped to focus the government’s attention on the difficult situation of girls in the country. We created a national coalition against child marriage and took the lead for the 2014 International Day of the Girl celebration, which made a significant step forward in launching the campaign against child marriage.

On October 11th 2014, the government sent nine ministers to the Day of the Girl celebrations in Kaya, one of Plan International Burkina Faso’s programme units. The Prime Minister’s wife Christiane Tiao and a female governor helped campaign against socio-cultural practices hampering the education of girls, and they called upon traditional chiefs to urge families to let girls complete school and to stop engaging them in early marriage.

Among the authorities present, six were women. The master of ceremony drew the attention of the audience to them and said: “Don’t you want your daughters to be like these women one day?” The YES shouts were accompanied by heavy applause, marking at the same time a step forward in the community’s consideration for girls’ education.

In March 2015, Plan International Burkina Faso joined a coalition of organisations led by the new Prime Minister Isaac Zida, to launch a campaign against child marriage. It happened in the Sahel region where girls are removed from school and married off. The Prime Minister commended Plan International’s efforts to improve the situation of girls and urged all parties concerned to contribute to the girls’ welfare in the country. Since, a coalition has been working on a national strategy covering the period of 2015 – 2024 towards that aim. 

End child marriage
Burkina Prime Minister Isaac Zida calling on Burkinabe to end child marriage