Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Landlocked Burkina Faso has suffered from recurring droughts and, until the 1980s, military coups, according to the BBC.
Burkina Faso has significant reserves of gold, but cotton is the economic mainstay for many Burkinabes. This industry is vulnerable to changes in world prices.
Burkina Faso has faced domestic and external concern over the state of its economy and human rights, the BBC reports.
The country has made significant economical progress during recent years, but this has not benefited the general population.
Agriculture is the main source of income for about 90% of the population, and during the dry season hundreds of thousands of workers migrate to neighbouring countries in search of work.Because of this, many children drop out of school. Many are forced to work to keep their families afloat.
The education programme Speed School is an intensive, free education that aims to get these children back to school. Read more about the programme here.