Our Mission & Vision
Our vision is to eliminate illiteracy, as we want to empower the people of Burkina Faso to live an independent life!
Therefore, we want to maximize the number of students in our state-of-the art literacy courses.
The Importance of Literacy
Literacy is the key element for economic and social development. It fosters people’s independency and brings about fundamental changes in diverse areas of their everyday life.
- Literacy is the prerequisite for economic prosperity, since the chances of employment and higher salaries increase dramatically for literate persons.
- The ability to absorb knowledge about personal care, hygiene, nutrition and sexual behavior indisputably improves health.
- Literacy nurtures educational aspirations and expectations of oneself and one’s family to prioritize and improve personal capacities.
- It increases social integration and cohesion measured by the level of self-esteem, autonomy, critical thinking and crime rate. A core level of literacy is important to hold society together. If everyone were taught and had basic knowledge, society would be more equal and less divided by classes.
Why Burkina Faso?
Burkina Faso is a country with a level of literacy as low as 25%. Schooling costs (approx. 100 EUR p.a.) exceed the means of most Burkinabe families by far.
- One of the poorest countries in the world with GDP per capita (PPP) of US$ 1,884.4 (2017 estimate)
- Population: 18.42 Million (2016)
- Median Age: 17.2 years (2016 estimate)
- Life Expectancy: 55.5 years (2016 estimate)
Source: CIA Factbook
The Stern Stewart Institute
The Stern Stewart Institute is a think tank and a social entrepreneur. Thinking business, economics, politics and technology together with key leaders. Acting as an entrepreneur and empowering people in Africa.
The Stern Stewart Institute has a successful track record of initiating, financing, managing and taking full responsibility for many projects in Africa. Members of The Stern Stewart Institute actively contribute to the advancements of each project – including extended assignments on-site. The latest project of The Stern Stewart Institute & Friends is the set-up of the BIT – the Burkina Institute of Technology.