Human Rights Committee (HRC) Summary

The following are extracts regarding education from the HRC summary of the seven communications of parties participating in the Universal Periodic Review.


33. Sexual Rights Initiative states that illiteracy runs high with rates estimated at 18.9% in 1994 and 21% in 2003. This rate is 11.4% among men and 15.4% among women. According to Franciscans International, the Decennial Plan for the Development of Basic Education has certainly produced results for the 2002-2005 period, but this momentum declined during 2006 and 2007. In order to increase school enrolment and literacy, Burkina Faso requires greater commitment and a strengthened partnership with actors in the field of education in addition to sufficient allocations in financial, human and logistical resources in order to render education effective.

34. According to Franciscan International, there is a lack of equal opportunity in education between male and female children as well as certain provinces, such as Oudalan, Comoé, Tapoa or Kadiogo. Between 2000 and 2006, the net enrolment rate for primary education was 50% for males and 40% for females. The gap between the enrolment rates of urban areas and disadvantaged areas is over 30%. Furthermore, Franciscans International adds that there is a substantial gap between enrolment rate in primary education and that of secondary education. According to UNICEF figures for the 2000-2006 period, the net enrolment rate for males was 50% in primary education and 13% in secondary education. Among females, it was 40% in primary education and 9% in secondary education.