Reading habits and educational performance: a case study of high-school pupils in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Reading habits among pupils aged 14-15 and 16-17 in Ouagadougou schools show a very strong correlation with the presence of a library either in the school or within a reasonable distance of their homes. Pupils aged 16-17 read more than their younger peers; those who attend school in rural areas read as much as those in an urban environment. A regular reading habit has a positive impact on school results. As a result, girls, who read more than boys, do better at school.