Why sponsor and who to sponsor ?

We believe that poverty and corruption are not a fatality and that a quality education should not be solely reserved for an elite. Our aim is to prepare future leaders who will be able to take charge of their country’s progress following moral and ethical frameworks. The Lycée MLK aims to become an institution of excellency in Burkina Faso and hopes to promote integration and success of children from all social backgrounds. Social diversity is thus a necessity.

In Burkina Faso, 88% of children in age of being in 6th grade are not schooled, often abandoning their studies due to a lack of financial means and to help their parents. It is these children from isolated villages who are the first affected. Furthermore, there are in average a hundred students per class, with unsuitable and often lacking equipment, and schools are not always close to villages. Some children have to walk several kilometers each day.

This is why we have made it a point for this social class to be decently represented within the Lycée, and to benefit from an opportunity to reach excellence and academic success. We have visited all the neighboring region of the Central Plateau, and have selected the best and most motivated students from the villages there. The selection is based on an academic abilities test and on an interview to evaluate the student’s motivation.

In addition, in order to sensitize parents and include them in their children’s education effort, we ask them to contribute in nature (cereals, nuts, leaves…). All sponsored students live in the boarding school.

Commitment and cost

A sponsor commits to pay for the studies of a student during a minimum period of 4 years. This corresponds to the years from 6th grade to 9th grade, year during which the student can pass the BEPC diploma allowing him or her to have access to the tests for public service jobs. In the case where the student expresses a desire to continue his or her studies, we will propose to the sponsor to renew his or her engagement for the 3 following years which would bring the student to the baccalaureat and would open the doors of universities. The goal of the MLK School would then have been reached: prepare the future leaders of Burkina Faso.

The cost of sponsorship for an academic year per student is 2000 CHF per year, so a commitment of 8000CHF for the four years.

Le parrainage comprend:

  • The education

  • Writing and reading material

  • Access to the library and computer room

  • Extracurricular activities

  • School uniforms

  • Transport

  • Housing and laundry

  • Food (3 meals per day)

  • Medical care

  • School insurance

  • Contribution for the parents’ association

How to sponsor a student ?

Fill the sponsorship form that will be sent to the VDE Organization.

The VDE Organization will examine your sponsorship request and contact you after having selected a student.

As an official sponsor, you will regularly receive news concerning the student’s progress. At least 3 yearly transcripts as well as pictures will be sent to you.