Education is a tool for independence, enabling a community to grow beyond their imagination.
It is felt, by organizations like the United Nations, that the strength of a country is directly affected by the strength of its education programs. In fact some countries listed on the world index, who are in military conflicts, ranked higher than those at peace — because all children are getting education — both boys and girls. Although this is one of many factors of the ranking, education plays a vital role in the strength of a community.
This is a main reason why we give tuition support to girls first, then to orphans. These two groups can benefit greatly from the support. Currently in Africa, access to education is challenged. In Burkina Faso, for example, about 22 to 27% of its people receive any formal education. This is even less so in remote villages where the rate is often 2-3%.
Burkina has mainly public schools, except for a few private schools established for wealthy people and foreigners. In theory, education is free in Burkina. But in fact, even the public schools require a parental contribution to enroll each child. This, along with the cost of books and other school needs, is more than many families can afford.
Even if enrolled, a child may face additional obstacles to succeeding in school. These include accessibility of schools (some children are many miles from the nearest school, and have to walk), being able to keep up with school dues, trying to concentrate with an empty stomach, overcrowded classrooms (sometimes classrooms have over 100 students per teacher). In addition, the quality of teachers and administrators can vary greatly, especially in the more rural areas.
See yourself making a difference? We do.
Tuition for a year of grade school comes to $50. An amount you can do something about.
As you can see, this complex issue impacts a great many children – many of whom express a desire to go to school. We see that the financial burden alone often places a significant barrier. So we looked for ways to make a difference.
As of 2014, Wisdom Spring has:
- Supported over 1,600 children specifically for tuition costs, supplies and lunches for school age children in Burkina Faso. This year we will actually have some of those kids going to University!
- Created a Library Fund for books and essential textbooks for an elementary school in one of the villages. The village got inspired and convinced the government to continue supporting the Library! They received a matching gift and the library continues to grow.
- Begun village school initiatives in which village elders become integrated into the curriculum so that essential ancient teachings will be offered.
The support for the tuition program and for the other educational programs comes through fundraisers and events throughout the year, as well as through the creation of Tuition Certificates.
Each tuition certificate represents a set amount of tuition covered for each child that receives it. Usually a certificate will cover the costs of tuition, supplies and lunches for a one year or four year period. For example a $250 certificate can cover four years of middle school tuition for a child.
This is a perfect gift for family and friends, especially when you are looking for holiday and birthday presents.
See the donate page for further details.