Burkina Faso: Making art and culture education a reality
The government of Burkina Faso has adopted an Outline Act on Education and a National Cultural Policy, which notably call for the promotion of artistic and cultural education. Thus the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is working to include artistic and cultural modules in school curricula, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Burkina Faso is also an OIF beneficiary through an initiative devoted to the design and implementation of a programme for the development of cultural industries.
Aim of the mission
The mission falls within this logic by providing assistance to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Burkina Faso in the development of a strategy and action plan to make the integration of art and culture modules into school curricula a reality, enabling young people to discover and better relate to their own culture while opening up to others.
Two experts, Bernard Boucher (Canada) and Hector Schargorodsky (Argentina) were selected to help Burkina Faso achieve this objective, in close collaboration with a national inter-ministerial committee composed of both cultural and educational ministerial representatives.
During their first country visit in May 2012, the experts met and consulted the different stakeholders involved with cultural and artistic education: the Ministers for Education and Literacy, for Secondary and Higher Education, and for Culture and Tourism; directors of higher education institutions; representatives of public training institutions, museums and schools; personalities from the Burkina Faso cultural scene; and representatives of international cooperation organisations working in the field of culture and/or education in the country. These encounters enabled the experts to draw a preliminary diagnostic of the existing, if limited, practices within the education system, with a view to drafting a preliminary strategy that responds to the challenges and possibilities specific to Burkina Faso.
This preliminary strategy was communicated to the different national stakeholders concerned so that they could develop it in view of the second country visit in July 2012. The documents were then evaluated, adapted, developed and rewritten during a comprehensive consultation process with various stakeholders, including those who will be carrying the strategy forward (notably the Ministries, unions, UNICEF and ECOWAS).
The Strategy for the Development of the Arts and Culture in the Burkina Faso Education System was presented at a workshop on July 24th 2012. This was attended by near to 200 people, notably two Ministers, representatives of public and private institutions, as well as artists and cultural entrepreneurs. Following a debate session, the Strategy was unanimously adopted by those present. The Inter-ministerial Committee has now to carry out this strategy, the result of their collaboration with the two international experts.
The experts are returning to Burkina Faso in October 2013 to assist the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to build on the promising results from the first missions. They will support the implementation of the Strategy by notably focusing on the development of a consultation framework between technical and funding partners, the definition of the Strategy's coordination bodies' functions and activities, and establishing a comprehensive training programme for teachers. They will also help to develop a network for artistic and cultural training institutions.