Meet Alix Bado, an African Union Youth Volunteer from Burkina Faso who is serving at the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zimbabwe. She is pursuing her journey as a woman who wants to impact her society by bringing her contribution to her continent with the Aspiration 6 of the African Union Agenda 2063 (An Africa where Development is People-Driven, Unleashing the Potential of its Women and Youth.)
During your studies, you took the time to work with persons with disabilities, what inspired you to do this?
I had friends that were already working there and they were always telling me how their days were going. It was just so interesting.
Being a sociable person with a natural capability of providing continuous care, I knew it would be fascinating for me to take some time to add value to their lives and mine.
I was successfully enrolled and I was giving care every day after school. I enjoyed providing exceptional care to them. It gave me great satisfaction to help and I felt that it actually enables me to bring a positive change as well as give me a more balanced to my life.
It’s not just Burkina Faso that has a low girls literacy rate. What do you think Africans can do to change this?
Literacy is very important not only for girls, as Kofi Annan, Former UN secretary said ‘For everyone everywhere, literacy is a basic human right’.
I agree, however, girls literacy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa are the lowest in any region in Africa. Even though the literacy rate in sub-Saharan Africa has improved by 10%, there is a disparity between literacy for women and men. While 7 in 10 men can read, only half of women can do so.
Many factors are the reasons for girls’ low literacy rate in Africa depending on the regions. Therefore each region should address the problem regarding the reasons of the region.
What kind of work were you involved in at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)?
As a program assistant at the UNHCR (Burkina Faso Operation), I collected, registered and maintained information on various project activities regarding refugees. I undertook proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyse programme performance, trends and target interventions. I reviewed the implementation and performance of IPs agreements through appropriate physical monitoring to evaluate the projects by reviewing work plans, progress reports, budget, financial reports and expenditures. I visited the field for specific monitoring and evaluation issues.
Your career journey seems to have just begun as you are serving as an African Union Youth Volunteer at the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zimbabwe. Can you tell us how you got there?
As you said it the beginning of my career so I don’t think I have gotten anywhere yet. I put everything in God’s hands. However, I will say that one of my biggest strength is perseverance. I do not allow obstacles to stop me from achieving my dreams. Obstacles are rather just experiences (lessons learned) for me to get where I want to be.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your journey so far?
Every day comes with its challenges. But the toughest had been when I was entering the professional world. It’s taken me some time to define my ‘where do I want to go and how will I get there?’
What is your vision for Africa in the coming 50 years?
As an African, I aligned myself with the Agenda 2063 as a vision for Africa in the coming years.
What can young Africans do to help achieve this vision?
I think our generation is already aware of our role in contributing towards the achievement of the aspirations and the creation of the Africa we all want. We should keep believing in our beautiful continent.
You are young, so it can’t be all work. What do you like to do for fun?
True, fun is never far from work in my life. I love to dance, going out with friends, watching movies/series, learning new things, let’s not forget eating and sleep (very important).
What are you currently reading?
I am currently not reading anything. However, the last book I read was Life Code by Dr Phil McGraw.