Catch up School Classroom project in memory of Piero Martinotti
Gold mines are amongst the places that children in Burkina Faso are forced to work. Due to conditions of extreme poverty of their families, who often even lack sufficient food, many children are forced to work in fields, as domestic workers, or in gold mines. The situation is even more dramatic for girls, who are more vulnerable to violence and abuse. For them there is little consideration, and many are not even registered at birth. Destined to marry young and bear children, girls are not enrolled in school as parents consider the costs of their education a “waste”. Families are convinced that educating boys is the only worthwhile investment in the long run. In Burkina, children’s protection is still a weak point: 84% of children are victims of physical abuse often in work environments. Yet, in no other part of the world are children so important for the future as in Africa, where children represent about 50% of the population.
Investing in their education and protection is crucial: it would allow in the future for hundreds of millions of people to escape extreme poverty, contributing also to the prosperity, stability, and peace of the continent.
In memory of Piero Martinotti, we are partnering with CIAI (Centro Italiano Aiuti all’Infanzia), for the creation of a Catch up Classroom for 100 child workers not enrolled in school, where they can attend classes to recover three years of primary school and be reinserted in school. It is possible to contribute to this initiative by donating any of the materials necessary for the project.
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