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P.A.G.E. Inc.

Burkina Faso has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world with more than 70 percent of illiterate people among adults, and a rate of school enrollment of only 44.6 percent.

Base in Plattsburgh, New York, the Program for African Growth through Education (P.A.G.E.), Inc., is working to bring wider awarness to illiteracy in Burkina Faso and to advocate for collaborative solutions to ,eet the educational needs of Burkinabé youth.

P.A.G.E., Inc., consists of a dedicated group of faculty, colleagues, friends, students, and like-minded individuals who, in the face of the dire need for a basic educational infrastructure in Burkina Faso, have come together to cultivate a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young people a continent away.

Purposes of P.A.G.E., Inc.

The purposes of the Program for African Growth through Education, Inc., are centered around sensitizing people of the need for basic education infrastructure in Burkina Faso qnd soliciting their involve,ent in qddressing the problems by:

How You Can Help

It doesn't matter where you live or what you do, there are ways that you can contribute to the work of P.A.G.E., Inc.

Current Project

Youth Leadership Program

Earlier this year, P.A.G.E. applied for a grant, which they were accepted, from the Department of State in order to conduct two 3-week exchanges in the US.  The first exchange would involve 30 youth and adults from Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad; the second exchange will include 30 youths and adults from Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Mauritania.  Now funded by the Department of State, the program will be staffed by a Director, a Project Coordinator, a Graduate Assisstant, a Homestay Correspondant, and three Translators. 

The exchanges have been designed to incorporate the themes of youth leadership, civic engagement/participatory democracy, and community service.  At the end of each exchange, three, follow-on community service activities with an education theme will have been developed by three, mixed country groups of 10 adults and youth.  Immediate follow-up on the community service projects will be conducted after the exchanges.  The first two weeks of the program will take place in Plattsburgh, NY.  Classes will take place on campus. Throughout the first two weeks, the groups will visit government centers as well as education centers.  The third and final week of the exchange will be a field trip to Albany and then on to Washington DC.

The first exchange will take place in the spring of 2012; the second will be in fall 2012.  Once we have the dates set, they will be posted online.  In the meantime, we are looking for host families who are interested in providing room and board.  For the first two weeks of the exchange, host parents are responsible to provide breakfast every morning as well as transportation.  Host familiers are encouraged the occaisional family dinner.  Since French is the official languages in the participants' home country, it would be encouraged to have at least one French speaker in the family.  

Youth Leadership Program Staff
Jean Ouédraogo -- Program Director

Marguerite Adelman -- Program Co-director

Amy Sotherdon -- Project Coordinator

Theresa Bennett -- Homestay Correspondant

Thomas Montanaro -- Graduate Assistant

If you are interested in making any contribution, feel free to contact us:


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