Advocating for more visibility and funding for non-formal education

The Association for the Promotion of Non-Formal Education (APENF) held a workshop on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2022 in Ouagadougou with a view to increasing the visibility and funding of non-formal education. Almost thirty actors from non-formal education took part in this workshop.

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The social and cultural constraints, the inadequate infrastructure for access to education, the persistence of anti-school social norms and practices are among the reasons why children do not go to school.

Therefore, those responsible for non-formal education have formed a consortium to build a civil society partnership to represent the interests of non-formal education at national and international level. These include the Association for the Promotion of Non-Formal Education (APENF) in Burkina Faso, the Research and Action Group for Development in Niger, the Support Association for Rural Populations in Mali and the friendly people’s university in Chad.

For a better appropriation of the project, the APENF initiated a workshop with the active actors of non-formal education and this in order to share with them the vision of the project and to get them to commit to a coalition for non-formal education in Burkina Faso.

Advocate for NFE visibility, credibility and increased resources

Abdoulaye Yonaba, Executive Secretary of APENF, suggested that the main objective of the meeting is to mobilize civil society actors working in the non-formal education (NFE) sub-sector. This for a synergy of actions to create an impact force and positive change in the repositioning of this sub-sector as a development strategy.

« We wanted to bring together all actors active in NFE to share the spirit of the project and the actions of the project. And get them to join us, so together we create a national coalition in favor of non-formal education in Burkina Faso to advocate for the visibility, credibility and increase of resources for NFE ‘ he started.

Abdoulaye Yonaba, Executive Secretary of APENF

Regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of the expected results, the Executive Secretary of APENF stressed that it is up to the participants to publicize the project’s action strategy for the next three years; Share the proposed theory of change and get partners to stick to the project’s mission; to present planned activities within the framework of the project and to collect their ideas and suggestions.

APENF is the leader of the coalition

At the end of the three-day meeting, Abdoulaye Yonaba assured that a decision to form a national coalition had been taken. In fact, it will be about advocating for non-formal education to meet the various challenges and increase funding. ” Our association (APENF) has met all the necessary conditions to play the role of this coalition, since it already has physical and legal members already active in NFE.

Officially, the APENF is the leader of the coalition with 12 civil society members and 11 allied state structures. We have also worked to mobilize the state at the level of the central structures and the decentralized structures at the level of the regions, which are now allies of the coalition ‘ hammered Abdoulaye Yonaba.

One of the workshop participants, Victor Ouédraogo, President of PAMOJA Burkina, member of the Civil Society Activists for Non-Formal Education, thanked the APENF for their participation in the workshop.

For him, they share with the APENF the same aspirations and, above all, the same challenges to be overcome. To this end, he felt obliged to support the APENF to achieve the goals sought by those involved in non-formal education.

Aminata Catherine SANOU

Burkina 24

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