The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the “Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed,” or BRIGHT program, to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. Its primary focus was girls, and it was implemented in 132 villages.
"Girl-Friendly" Schools in Burkina Faso Lead to Higher Enrollment, Better Test Scores
Seven years after program launch, Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE) have found that the "Burkinabe Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed" program—or BRIGHT—continues to have large, positive impacts on children’s enrollment in school and their test scores. BRIGHT was designed to improve the educational outcomes of children—particularly girls—in Burkina Faso. In keeping with the goals of the just-announced U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, BRIGHT has led to more young girls attending primary school than ever before.
With funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Burkina Faso government built new schools in 132 villages in 10 different provinces. The new schools offer "girl-friendly" features like housing for female teachers as well as separate latrines and take-home rations for girls. Other BRIGHT interventions include new classrooms, free textbooks, school supplies, and mentoring for young girls.
Other findings include:
- For villages participating in BRIGHT , enrollment rates for children ages 6 to 17 were 15.5 percentage points higher than the rates in non-BRIGHT villages.
- The program had a greater effect on enrollment levels for girls (21 percentage points higher) than it did for boys (10 percentage points higher).
- Students in BRIGHT villages had better test scores than students in non-BRIGHT villages. The average BRIGHT student who began at the 50th percentile moved closer to the 73rd percentile in both math and French.
Burkina Faso: Impact Evaluation Design and Implementation for BRIGHT 1 and 2
BRIGHT Improves Girls' School Enrollment, Test Scores (Issue Brief)
Mathematica Policy Research and its partners recently completed a mid-term evaluation of BRIGHT’s seven-year impact on enrollment, attendance, test scores, health, and child labor. This issue brief summarizes key findings from the evaluation and presents a preliminary benefit-cost analysis of the program,...
Seven-Year Impacts of Burkina Faso's BRIGHT Program
Less than half of the girls living in Burkina Faso in 2004 attended primary school. In the same year, only a quarter of all girls were enrolled in the last grade of primary school.