37. Quality education and professional reintegration of vulnerable children out of step with their time: talibe children


Duration: 3 years
Promotor: Association Vision Action Developpement
Beneficiaries: 500 children
Total budget:  € 48 284
Outside financing sought: € 42 043

Country : Burkina-Faso


Background information

Burkina Faso, like many African countries, is a country where multiple religions coexist. The commune of Kaya, located about 100km northeast of the capital, is home to 55% Muslims, 25% Christians, 10% animists and 10% people of other religions.

Koranic homes where many Muslim parents send their children to school are very common. These children are the talibés, also known as “garibous”. Parents send their children there to receive a basic education, but often they do not have the financial means to ensure a living and even less the school fees. These households do not have the financial and material resources to provide quality education that will enable future adults to contribute effectively to the development of their country. As a result, talibés are very often forced to beg on the streets instead of learning to read and write.

The forgetting of these old models of education by the national authorities, due to a general mistrust of the public authorities towards them, the non-integration of these models into the education system and the extreme poverty affecting the population make it possible to understand why the talibés find themselves in a very precarious situation.

In an attempt to curb the problem, the Burkinabe association AVAD has initiated a project to improve the quality of education and the professional reintegration of talibés. AVAD first plans to launch a survey in the commune of Kaya to identify Koranic homes and the number of talibés. Awareness-raising workshops will also be organized to which local authorities, religious leaders, parents, Koranic teachers and civil society organizations in Kaya will be invited. They will make it possible to clearly identify the problem of talibés and Koranic homes, but also to reflect on how to transform these homes into Koranic schools and integrate them into the formal education system in Burkina-Faso.
Sessions aimed at strengthening the pedagogical capacities of Koranic teachers will also be organized. They will raise awareness among Koranic teachers about the value of quality education as a contribution to the country’s development. Vocational training workshops will be created in partnership with the commune of Kaya to enable talibés of the minimum legal working age to receive qualifying training in the trade of their choice.
In order to ensure the financing of Koranic schools, AVAD has planned to launch income-generating activities in collaboration with the parents of the students.



> Promote access to quality education for all talibé children and young people in the commune of Kaya.
> To stimulate debate and conduct political advocacy for access to appropriate and quality education for the talibés of the commune of Kaya but also for the official recognition of Koranic schools and their integration into the current education system.
> Improve the quality of teaching in Koranic schools by strengthening the pedagogical capacities of teachers.
> Promote the integration of 30 talibés/year who have reached the minimum legal working age in the workshops of the commune of Kaya aimed at learning a trade.


Expected results

> The number of Koranic and talibé households in the commune of Kaya will be known before the end of 2014.
> At least 500 talibés/year (all municipalities combined) will be literate and have acquired knowledge of French.
> 30 talibés/year from the commune of Kaya will have received quality vocational training.
> The recognition and management of the phenomenon of talibé children by local and national authorities becomes effective in Kaya and then on a national scale.

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