Innovative Books for Children in Rural Burkina Faso

by Quentin Wodon

One of the aims of this blog is to showcase innovative service projects. These projects will be featured on the blog through 4-6 page briefs that will be publicized through a short post (short, because the idea is for you to read the brief, not a long post about it!)


Today’s featured project was implemented in Burkina Faso with support from a global grant from The Rotary Foundation. More than 60 photo books have been created, printed and distributed to community libraries in rural areas. Michael Kevane, a Professor at Santa Clara University and the Co-Director for West Africa of FAVL (Friends of African Village Libraries) has written a brief on the project. I encourage you to read the brief, which is available here.

If you would like to submit a brief about your project, please send me an email through the Contact Me page of this blog.

2 thoughts on “Innovative Books for Children in Rural Burkina Faso

  1. Hi Michael Kevane from FAVL here… We don’t have any formal feedback mechanisms other than book checkouts, and the books do very well with younger readers. The last time we did an analysis (about two years ago) they were about one third of all books checked out by younger readers. Informally, librarians and “animateurs” report that the locally produced books are greatly preferred.

    If you read French, here is one unsolicited comment on the books by an adult reader:

    Thanks for your interest!

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