In 2022-2023, the L'OCCITANE Foundation is once again making a commitment to UNICEF to support the education of children in the Centre-Ouest region of Burkina Faso. The main objective of this 5-year project is to promote access, completion and success in school for children in vulnerable situations, including more than 1,000 girls and about 50 boys in middle and high school.
In concrete terms, this project will cover all costs related to schooling (tuition fees, school supplies, food support, means of transportation, solar lamps, accommodation in shelters for girls in difficult situations with their families, academic support...). It will also enable the implementation of activities aimed at improving the school environment for girls by setting up menstruation management systems, raising awareness of gender-based violence in the school environment, training teachers in child- and gender-sensitive pedagogy, and supporting the care of victims of gender-based violence. Another area that the project wishes to emphasize is social mobilization to support girls' education, in particular by raising community awareness so that social practices that are detrimental to girls' education and success in school (early marriage and pregnancy, excessive domestic work, etc.) are abandoned, since unfortunately these practices still exist in the country, particularly in rural areas. Finally, the project will implement activities that will allow girls to increase their skills on topics related to their daily lives (responsibility for early marriages and pregnancies, management of household chores, speaking out, leadership, etc.).
In order to take into account the migration crisis that the country is currently facing, the project will place special emphasis on the recruitment of girls from displaced families, approximately 10% of the beneficiaries, as needed.