"Everybody knows that a man has better things to do than to play with children. I myself used to believe that. But, now I realize that is absolutely wrong. I have learned that as men, we also have a very strong role to play in the development of our children."
Learning Through Play - Investing in Early Years for Future Success: Developing Strategy, Building Capacity
Improve the quality of early childhood development in communities in Burkina Faso to help children reach their full potential.
CCFC is implementing a unique and proven parenting education and early childhood stimulation model in Burkina Faso known as Learning Through Play (LTP). Parents (both fathers and mothers), pre-school and primary school teachers, and community workers are learning the importance of early childhood development. With proper emotional, mental, social and physical development, children up to six years old are being better prepared to attend, and stay, in school.
"I feel safe when I am in my house with my mom and dad. My house is small, but when I am scared, I go inside and I feel protected."
Strengthening Capacities of Communities in Parental Education and Child Development
Over half of Burkina Faso's population is children. It's estimated that by 2020 the school age population will be six million. There is tremendous pressure in meeting the educational needs of school children, since the current average school-to-classroom ratio is 80:1 - meaning 80 students per class.
In Burkina Faso, CCFC works with local partners to provide education services to children, including school construction, early childhood development programs, training on teaching techniques, and tools including Learning Through Play (LTP), developed by the Toronto-based Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.
Through LTP, two communities are employing early childhood development programs and parents are learning the importance of their involvement in their own child's mental, emotional, and social development. UNICEF is a partner in this effort.
Supporting Children Affected by Noma Disease in Burkina Faso
Noma disease is an oral affliction which breaks out around the gums and spreads in the form of gangrene to the whole jaw and cheeks. Without treatment, it's life-threatening. With support from ChildFund Korea, CCFC and our local partner are implementing a project to treat children affected by Noma and other diseases, as well as improving their living and education environment. Children in the program receive medical care, education, vocational training opportunities, and are better prepared to integrate into the society in the future.
"CCFC sponsors in Canada are my heroes because it's thanks to them that I am now studying in secondary school. I'd like to be a teacher later, so that I can serve my community and the children and be their hero one day, too!"
LEAP - Early Childhood Development Projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso
ChildFund Korea provided funding to support CCFC in implementing six Lead for Education Achievement and Progress (LEAP) - Early Childhood Development (ECD) projects in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Through this project, we have built an early childhood education facility to address the needs of remote communities that have not had access to ECD services.
Sustainable Management of Forest Resources Project (Turing Foundation)
In response to the negative environmental impact of bush-burning and tree-felling in five communities of Burkina Faso, CCFC raised awareness about the importance of preserving trees, reduced the community's reliance on firewood by providing individuals with environment friendly energy-saving stoves, and planted trees to create new forests.
The project was successful, because of community involvement and support. Some nearby communities have expressed interest in starting similar activities.