How do I find out when my sponsored child will be old enough to attend school? Or if they even have school for him in his region?

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I've looked into my sponsored child's information and it says that he is to young to attend school in his area, Burkina Faso. How can I find out when he will be old enough to attend, and if they have an education program in his area? THANK YOU!
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Rebekah Bell

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I was wondering the same thing. My little girl in Burkina Faso is 7 and it still says she's too young.
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Patrick, AJ, and Rebekah, I appreciate the question. Education is such an important part of a child's development and giving them the tools to be released from poverty.

In Burkina Faso, children typically begin school around six years old. That said, because education is not completely free there, poor families may not be able to get their children in school right away. I recommend looking at when your child began the program because we recorded the information in their profile when they are registered and the child may actually have started school after they started the Compassion program. I show that both of your sponsored children's centers typically provide tuition. You can also ask them in a letter if they have started school yet.

For some bonus information, in Burkina Faso, most of the age groups in the Compassion program meet for eight hours on Thursdays because school runs Monday through Saturday with Thursday's off. Another thread that might be helpful in regards to your sponsored child's schooling is this post.