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Bringing the Classroom to Burkinabes Affected by Strife

The Nord region is one of the areas most heavily affected by the jihadist insurgency that swept into Burkina Faso from neighbouring Mali in 2015. Local children did not go completely without education after the jihadist incursion thanks to the Radio Education Programme (REP), which provides educational material for young people who cannot attend school due to the insecurity. Under the scheme, which is run by the education ministry with the financial support of Unicef, 70 families in the village received a radio, a flash drive and a solar panel. Between February and July this year, before the two-month summer break, children tuned in at 4pm every day to listen to lessons broadcast from a studio 18 miles away in Ouahigouya, the capital of the Nord region.