Vocational School Buildgiving tools to escape poverty
Help us launch a vocational school in Burkina Faso!
Support programs in masonry, weaving, and sewinggiving youth and adults the skills they need to provide for their families and escape poverty.
Six reasons to support this project
1. A local community projectThis initiative is a vision of the local community and will be operated completely by local teachers and administrators under the leadership of the local church. This means every element gives back to the local economy. The school will operate as an outreach of the Gampela Christian Education Centre.
2. Creating sustainable local industryWhile many in the rural Gampela region make a living through farming, all of the land in the area is in use, and youth or non-land owners must primarily collect gravel or firewood (making charcoal) to sell. Yet, there is local demand and good income potential for those with skilled labour in sewing, weaving, and masonry - demand through small businesses, factories, as well as from the sprawling city of Ouagadougou.
3. university isn't for everyoneGetting into grade 10 is difficult in Burkina Faso due to a strict bell-curved exam. Few as 30% will pass across across the country, and while Gampela students sometimes double pass rates, not all students will be able to pursue higher education. Data indicates about 1% of those aged 15-24 have reached post-secondary school in Burkina Faso. Trade school is an important alternative, and for many young people, it is where their interests lie.
4. Professional jobs are limitedWhile formal education can lead to a job in a particular profession or with the government, some well educated individuals cannot find work. When the rural Gampela Centre posted a job for an accountant, they received 53 applications. When the government posts a handful of positions, people will sleep overnight in line for the opportunity to submit their application in the morning.
5. Prevent addictions and violent activityPastor John Tandamba, director of the Gampela Centre, has witnessed many young people without work turning to life on the streets, falling into drugs or even joining violent groups because of the promise of money. A skilled trade can offer a path of hope to a young person without work, and reduces the allure of illegal activity.
6. Discipleship for youthIn a community with limited Christian discipleship opportunities, vocational training students will hear from teachers and guest speakers about the transformational power of a relationship with Christ, and will be given opportunities to ask questions and develop their personal awareness of God's voice in their lives.
The Dream of the Gampela Centre is a vocational training school across several streams. Planned trades include:
- sewing (making clothing);
- weaving, (constructing fabrics from threads);
- masonry (building structures with bricks, cement and other materials);
- electrical training (connections and repairs, including solar for rural homes);
- and welding (constructing windows, doors, and other products out of metal).
When the school is fully operational, we plan to enrol 80 students every year across the trades!
Phase Oneincludes sewing, weaving, and masonry programs.
Phase Twoincludes electrical and welding programs.
Young adults participating in the sewing program
This vocational school can change their future (pictured: students at the Gampela School)