During the 2021-2022 school year in Burkina Faso's Ganzourgou province, 4,837 pupils (5.68% dropout rate) left school to work on gold-panning sites. Boys and some girls undertake hazardous tasks like digging and crushing ore. This work exposes children to risks such as exploitation, drug use, accidents, and even death due to poor mine safety. Gold-panning and agriculture are the main job opportunities in the region, and the lack of sustainable farming training forces families to send their children to these dangerous sites. Terre des Hommes aims to protect vulnerable children by providing employment opportunities, appropriate training, and raising awareness in communities.
The RESOLAB project has brought together several partners to achieve a common goal: Young people and children in vulnerable situations in Ganzourgou province are able to seize opportunities for education, training and professional integration.
The partners were Terre des Hommes and WAKATLAB (i.e. the project consortium), the Child Protection Network, communal social services, schools & teachers and the Provincial Directorates for Youth (DPJ), for Women, National Solidarity, the Family and Humanitarian Action (DPSNFAH), and for Primary and Non-Formal Pre-school Education (DPEPPNF).
The creation of a digital space - FabLab within the Mogtédo social action buildings was at the heart of RESOLAB.
- 234 young people from remote areas (177 girls and 57 boys) took part in modelling and design workshops thanks to the FabMobile.
- 58 young people who completed their vocational training found a job or were installed in their training area (sewing, welding, electricity, dyeing, weaving, mechanics, etc.)
- 467 children and young people (279 girls and 188 boys) completed the basic literacy and digital literacy course via the e-learning platform.