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:
- Raising money for the construction of secondary and vocational
education facilities in Burkina Faso.
- Collecting and providing educational materials (learning
software, gently used computers and laptops, ect.) in order to
positively impact the educational outcomes of students through
- Advocating for the establishment of second harvest schools for
the increasingly large number of students expelled from middle and high
schools following state examinations and due to lack of spack to
- Developing strong partnerships locally and nationally to secure
funds and expertise in support of the overall mission of P.A.G.E.,
- Establishing a mechanism for student and teacher sponsorship to
enrich the learning and teaching experiences of partnering communities.
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.
- Learn more about Burkina Faso and educate others about the needs
of this African nation
- If you are a teacher, prepare a lesson for your students on
illiteracy in Burkina Faso
- Invite a member of the P.A.G.E., Inc., Board of Directors or
volunteering. Your time and talents are very valuable.
- Donate learning software, computers, or educational materials.
- Help us to organize a fundraiser or participate in one of our
- Become a member of P.A.G.E., Inc., through your monetary support.
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
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
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
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: