UNICEF: girls' schooling

The challenges of girls' education in Burkina Faso

In the education sector, although there is continued progress in primary education in terms of supply, demand and quality of education; post-primary education (equivalent to the school cycle of 4-years for children aged 12 to 16) is experiencing very slow progress.

The main obstacles to the development of post-primary education in Burkina Faso are:

- Inadequate school infrastructure, particularly in rural areas;
- Lack of guarantee and security of housing for girls;
- The cost of education considered to be high for the majority of the population;
- The relevance of the education provided, considered inappropriate to the needs and aspirations of the populations.

Due to these obstacles, disparities, particularly in college education, widen between regions and between girls and boys.

They also add to the gap between supply and demand for education. Efforts are being made to eradicate such disparities, but the pace of development seems slow.

Promotion of girls' education in the Western Central Region of Burkina Faso

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and UNICEF, which are invested in the Central West region of Burkina Faso, are jointly contributing to the improvement of girls' access to post-primaryeducation through an integrated approach (scholarships, clubs, C4D, pedagogical support), as well as on behavior change in the communities in order to promote and secure the schooling of girls.

With the support of L'OCCITANE, this pilot project aims to demonstrate the added value of this holistic strategy by reaching 30,000 children and members of the community with information, commitment and behavior change activities. Providing direct support to more than 500 girls from the most vulnerable families.