Location: Ouagadougou and Bendatoega, Burkina Faso, Africa
12º20’55.2″N, 1º35’03.8 “W
Weather Conditions:; 86F (29C)
couscous) with a tomato-based stew, chicken, and a platter of many vegetables. We were honored to share this meal with Eric’s family and enjoyed the company of his many friends that stopped by to greet us throughout the evening.
On the way back from the Ministry, we experienced morning “rush hour” in Ouagadougou, and we were very happy that none of the team members were driving. The countless horns beeping to bring attention to the busy crisscrossing of cars, trucks, bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, donkeys, and walkers made for a confusing yet exhilarating ride. We are still trying to figure out the rules of the road, as it is only a few more days before we jump onto the motorcycles and explore the maze ourselves.
Did we mention how much we appreciate Romaric? Recognizing that we might want a quick taste of home for lunch, Romaric located a restaurant with some delicious wood-oven pizza. We devoured the thin-crusted pizza and washed it down with plenty of Coca-Cola. Thanks for the treat, Romaric!
After breakfast we traveled to Bendatoega, a village approximately 45 km (about 29 miles) north of Ouagadougou in order to visit an elementary school. This visit was one of the most memorable experiences in all of our lives. In this village we visited three classrooms. Each classroom contained about 75-80 students. The classroom walls were made out of stones, bricks, and clay, with thin, torn tarps attached to vertical tree-trunk beams that served as a roof. As we walked into the classrooms, we were greeted with smiles and a collective “Bonjour” from the students.Share your thoughts on the Environetwork.)
Justin reflects on his experience of visiting the schools in Bendatoega
As we have shared, we have been capturing several Earthducation interviews each day. Most of these interviews have been conducted in French, so all will be subtitled and shared in their entirety upon our return to Minneapolis.
We have come to the end of a three-day whirlwind of extraordinary experiences so far in Burkina. Reflecting upon our short time here, we are deeply thankful to the Burkinabe for sharing their beautiful country with us and are energized for the experiences and interviews yet to come.
Remember, the primary goal of the Earthducation project is to create a global narrative of the diverse intersections between education and sustainability. The only way we will be able to accomplish this is with your help – you can browse through the EnviroNetwork to view others’ perspectives. What will you share?