With over 350 entries from all over Africa, Association Base Fandima has done exceptionally well to be named a country winner in the competition. Its unique and entrepreneurial approach to education meant that it caught the judges’ attention even despite this being the most competitive competition to date. This is the fifth time that the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education have been run by UK-based international development charity, Teach A Man To Fish. As a country prize winner, ABF is entitled to prize winnings of USD $1,000.
Association Base Fandima was created in 1997 by farmers who wished to improve their living conditions, by protecting the environment while implementing a local saving system which would allow them to access credit to earn additional revenus. The education program aims at promoting literacy in rural areas to suppor sustainable development. Specific objectives are to teach to read and write to rural entrepreneurs and their families in local languages, train rural entrepreneurs on exploitation practices, sensitize rural entrepreneurs about business development themes, and help destitue fmailies to get out of poverty by a social and global approach of microfinance.
"Winning this award means a great deal to ABF as it will help us to spread the word about the work our organisation undertakes with rural communities in Eastern Burkina Faso. We will be investing th eprize money into the creation of new training supports to meet the needs of our beneficiaries and improve the quality of our services", declares François Yarga, Executive Secretary of Association Base Fandima.
The aim of the competition was to identify and celebrate the achievements of social entrepreneurs who understand the role education can play within their communities. “With this competition we were looking for programmes which are innovative, sustainable and create real impact – and we have found them. By awarding them we hope to encourage others to imitate winner’s approach and work towards more and better education in Africa”, says Nik Kafka, Managing Director of Teach A Man To Fish.