In the education sector, although there is continued progress in primary education in terms of supply, demand and quality of education; post-primary education (equivalent to the school cycle of 4-years for children aged 12 to 16) is experiencing very slow progress.

The main obstacles to the development of post-primary education in Burkina Faso are:

- Inadequate school infrastructure, particularly in rural areas;
- Lack of guarantee and security of housing for girls;
- The cost of education considered to be high for the majority of the population;
- The relevance of the education provided, considered inappropriate to the needs and aspirations of the populations.

Due to these obstacles, disparities, particularly in college education, widen between regions and between girls and boys.

They also add to the gap between supply and demand for education. Efforts are being made to eradicate such disparities, but the pace of development seems slow.


Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and UNICEF, which are invested in the Central West region of Burkina Faso, are jointly contributing to the improvement of girls' access to post-primaryeducation through an integrated approach (scholarships, clubs, C4D, pedagogical support), as well as on behavior change in the communities in order to promote and secure the schooling of girls. With the support of L'OCCITANE, this pilot project aims to demonstrate the added value of this holistic strategy by reaching 30,000 children and members of the community with information, commitment and behavior change activities. Providing direct support to more than 500 girls from the most vulnerable families.

Some figures

The objective of this project is to support post-primary education for girls in the Central-West region of Burkina Faso.

2019 budget 273 048 euros


Project supported since 2017

Total budget 549 833 euros

Total goal 450 girls supported

UNICEF’s project to promote girls' education has been supported by the L'OCCITANE Foundation since 2017. Its main aim is to promote the access, maintenance and completion of the college cycle (6th to 3rd) for girls. The first year of the project allowed 450 girls to register and take the courses in 6th grade. The transition rate for these girls in 5th grade is 76% compared to a regional rate of 51%.


Alima, orphan at the reception and training centre.

I speak on behalf of my comrades to say thank you to our sponsors (L'OCCITANE, Le MENA: Ministry of National Education and Literacy, and UNICEF) for giving us this unique opportunity to live life responsibly.
Indeed, thanks to you and the work of the Centre, we can already look to our future with courage and resemble the other girls of our age who enjoy their natural rights and who are in the good care of society. Without the generosity of those who help us, we do not know what we could look like today, for a girl in distress is a girl in ramblings, thus exposed to the desires and wickedness of the wrongdoers, to unwanted pregnancies, disease and even worse. Thank you!”


Alima, bénéficiaire du centre d'accueil et de formation