April 13-14, 2015, the U. S. Embassy trained 19 English teachers, advisors, and inspectors of the South Central Region in Pô. In support of its goals for economic growth and development through education, the U. S. Embassy Ouagadougou is carrying out a country-wide tour providing training to English teaching professionals in all 13 regions of Burkina Faso during the 2014/2015 academic year. English Program Specialist Lynn Hanson Ouédraogo and English Language Fellows from the USA are training teachers to better align learning objectives, lesson activities, and assessments to promote improved English proficiency outcomes for secondary school students. In addition to their training, participants in Pô received the visit of the Ambassador of the United States to Burkina Faso, Dr. Tulinabo Mushingi, on April 14 during his trip to tour the Royal Court of Tiébélé. Ambassador Mushingi shared a question and answer session and ate lunch with the teachers.
Since December 2014, the Intelligence Tour has covered the cities and regions of Gaoua, Banfora, Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Kaya, Dori, Dédougou, and Koudougou. Participants at this two-day workshop in Pô teach 5,797 students in six communities in the South Central Region, and this workshop provided valuable in-service training for them to improve their teaching practice. As one teacher from a private school in Pô stated, “Since I received a new experience through the Intelligence Tour, I’m going to change my former way of teaching.”