According to UNESCO in 2018, more than 4 out of 10 girls of lower secondary school age (post-primary) are not in school in Burkina Faso. In addition to accessibility problems, the education system faces difficulties not only to keep children in school but also to enable them to complete the school cycle: the completion rate of lower secondary was 39% in 2019 and the success rate for the end-of-cycle exam: first cycle study certificate (BEPC) was estimated at 43.1%, including 38.5% for girls in 2018.

A study carried out by the Ministry of Education in 2019 evokes as the main obstacles to girls' access, retention and success in school:

  • Sociocultural factors such as the preference for schooling for boys (at least 1 in 10 Burkinabè thinks that the education of boys should be given priority), child marriage, domestic overload of children ...
  • Economic factors as the costs associated with schooling children in college are often 3 to 5 times higher than in primary school, their schooling involves sacrifices to be made and the choice is generally made to the detriment of the girl.

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports UNICEF's project to improve girls' access to post-primary education in Burkina Faso's Centre-West region. In order to be effective, the project combines several actions ranging from support measures designed to encourage parents to send their children to school, to specific educational support and community awareness.

This means that the project includes the provision of school grants (to cover the cost of boarding students, schooling and the canteen), the establishment of tutoring clubs, media campaigns to raise communities and parents awareness of girls' education, and educational support for girls experiencing difficulty. In addition, the project makes bicycles available to 98% of girls to make school easier to get to and thus reduce the risk of insecurity. 

Some figures

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

2020 budget 100.000 euros


Project supported since 2017

Total budget 550.000 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 objective is to promote access, attendance and completion of the secondary school cycle (6th to 9th grade) for girls. The first year of the project allowed 450 girls to enrol and attend 6th grade classes. The success rate for these girls moving on to the eighth grade is 84% compared to a regional rate of 71%. 


Head of the El Bethel Residential Centre

"Those attending the El Bethel Residential Centre benefit from effective supervision. The rules of procedure, which are scrupulously followed, mean that girls avoid straying from the path, helping to avoid pregnancies as a result.  The presence of girls at the centre improves their chances of staying in school. Girls have more time to study and their academic results are excellent; they receive an education in civics that helps them to approach life in society with more confidence and conviction; they really flourish"