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 primary school enrollment rate exceeded 83% in 2015 against 44% in 2001.

However, progress at the post-primary level (equivalent to secondary school for children aged 12 to 16) is much slower. Not only are there significant disparities between urban and rural areas, but also a low rate of girl/boy parity.
In addition, very few girls manage to complete their cycle: in 2014, out of 100 girls who entered 6th grade, only 22 were able to complete the post-primary cycle. This finding is mainly due to the relatively high cost of education, gender-based violence faced by girls and the country's cultural habits that lead to young girls dropping out of school, especially in rural areas.


Supported project

In 2018-2019, the L'OCCITANE Foundation supports UNICEF's* project, which aims to promote access, completion and academic success for 450 girls in the Center-West region of Burkina Faso, identified with regard to the low incomes and precarious living conditions of their parents, through a holistic package of interventions, targeting girls as well as parents and teachers.

This project is based on the promotion of "Child for Child" strategies, community participation and incentive measures to enable these 450 girls to evolve in a secure way in educational structures and to increase their school success rates.

Some figures

This project aims to support a class of 450 girls from year 7 to year 10 (4 years) in the Center-West region of Burkina Faso. The advancement rate of young girls supported in year 8 was 84% against a regional average of 71%.

Budget 123,048 euros

Result 84% advancement rate

Partnership history

Project supported since 2017

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. 


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