In 2019-2020, the L'OCCITANE Foundation supported a women's literacy project organised by Aide et Action International. This project contributed to building, renovating and leading literacy centres. These women were able to learn, to read and to write following the REFLECT method. This an approach to learning and social change which is based upon discussions about topics which are important in daily life. This project also allowed the training of teachers, skills development for local associations, as well as support and raise awareness for local women's literacy and empowerment in Burkina Faso. In addition, the Foundation supported the development of collective income-generating activities which allow literacy centres to operate independently in the long term.
An external evaluation carried out in July 2020 on the partnership with Aide et Action showed that our collaboration has contributed to improving the literacy rate of women within the associations supported. Indeed, there is now a literacy rate of more than 40% in these associations against a national literacy rate of 35% in 2020. Moreover, this same evaluation highlights the impact of the literacy of women on children's schooling. All school-aged children of literate women are enrolled in school, while just 1 in 3 children are enrolled for non-literate women in the same community.