The education sector in Burkina Faso has made progress in recent years, especially at the primary level in terms of parity, supply, demand and quality of education provided. The gross primary school enrolment rate exceeded 83% in 2015 compared to 44% in 2001. 
However, development of the post-primary level (equivalent to the 4-year college cycle for children aged 12 to 16) has been much slower. In addition to significant disparities between urban and rural areas, there is also a low gender parity rate. 
In addition, very few girls manage to complete their cycle: in 2014, out only 22 of the 100 girls who entered the sixth grade were able to complete the post-primary cycle. This is mainly due to the relatively high cost of education, gender-based violence faced by girls and the country's cultural habits, which lead to girls dropping out of school, especially in rural areas. 


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 involves the distributing grants to schools (to cover the cost of boarding students, schooling and the canteen), the establishment of tutoring clubs, media campaigns to raise community 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.

2019 budget 273 048 euros


Project supported since 2017

Total budget 450 000 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 fifth grade is 76% compared to a regional rate of 51%. 


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"