• Lay the foundation for further education
  • Improve “reproduction” of literacy by focus on women (responsible for child education)
  • Enable participation in social life and in business activities, where reading and writing skills are prerequisites (e.g. signing a contract)
  • Teach functional reading and writing competencies in 72 hours using the computer based functional literacy (CBFL) method
  • Give access to basic education and better conditions to manage or start a small Business
  • Create a signal of qualification by handing out certificates to successful participant

Achievements in 2020

Over 90% of our students passed the course successfully

Goals for 2021

Initiation of NGO cooperations


Women Rate

Number of Pupils


Women Rate

Number of Pupils

Teaching Method – CBFL

    • Computer based functional learning system developed by TATA Consultancy Services with a focus on learning words rather than alphabets
    • Currently addresses the Mooré-speaking people
    • The 40-hour-course is divided into 2-3 hour sessions, 3 times a week, over a period of 6 to 7 weeks, allowing the participants to pursue their occupations before or after each session
    • Max. particpants per class: 30
    • Requirements per class: instructor, computer, projector, speaker, power transformer, power generator (for areas without electricity)

Local Operators




I am Silvère and I am from TOMA (town of Burkina Faso).

I have been helping with the CBFL project (ALPHA) for 7 months now. I am glad to be a member of the ALPHA team of The Stern Stewart Institute. What we are doing in ALPHA is simply great. With a computer and a software, we are changing the life of thousands of people by opening a new world to them. It is great to contribute to something and when you help to better women’s life, you feel proud each day. Even if you sometimes meet difficulties, you are even more proud to solve and overcome them.

In 2017, we have taught 3,500 people in Burkina. This has been possible thanks to the input of several people in Burkina, Germany and India.

I feel very privileged for the opportunity to witness and contribute to progress in the field of alphabetization.

In the name of all the learners benefitting from the program thank you to all.




I am very pleased with the activities of The Stern Stewart Institute in the field of ALPHA and gardening in Burkina Faso.

Teacher by profession, I started working at The Stern Stewart Institute as trainer of animators, supervisor, assistant and manager of  the ALPHA centers from 2016 to 2017.

The first time I discovered computer literacy (CBFL), I was impressed.

It is a formula that meets the challenge of illiteracy in Burkina Faso. The use of computers and software in the learning process is an innovation that attracts and motivates people.

To support ALPHA, community and individual gardens were made, and it was a success.

Personally, what I have found is that people need literacy. And especially women who have no activity have welcomed the gardening with joy, because they see that this will allow them to have food without spending their money. With regards to poverty as a large problem, they will also be able to sell the food to have enough to meet their needs.

Thank you

Presentation of Local Operations

We conduct classes twice a year which are run by our network of operators. We are also working closely together with the government.

We are operating in 4 main cities in Burkina Faso:

  • Ouagadougou

  • Boussee

  • Boulsa

  • Koudougou

  • Bazoule

  • Kaya

One Woman One Garden

  • One Woman One Garden will address each woman and man who attends the CBFL classes and who takes the certification exam.
  • The initiative started with students of 2016 CBFL classes at SCHORGE and will continue with the students of all CBFL classes. For this purpose, we have to keep in touch with all the pupils of the current and coming seasons.
  • Each student will receive a training and a leaflet in gardening during CBFL classes and for that, animators also receive a theoretical and practical training in gardening.
  • Once the certification exam is over, each student will be given some seeds matching to his/her region.
  • Each student should perform the gardening at home, but in some areas, due to the lack of water and to the soil barreness, it’s preferrable to encourage common gardens for the women. In these collective gardens, the ground will be shared between the women such that each women has her own plot of land. Common gardens also permit to have a better control and to achieve better results, as women can help each other and water can be supplied by a shared well.