August 26, 2015
On August 25, 2015, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with Burkina Faso to provide grant aid of up to 1.151 billion yen for the Project for the Construction of the Building of Post-Primary Schools.
This project will construct 30 new lower secondary schools (post-primary schools) in three regions (Centre-Nord, Centre and Plateau Central) near the capital where classrooms are overflowing with students.
In 2007, basic education became free in Burkina Faso*, and the primary school enrollment ratio is improving. The enrollment ratio in lower secondary school has also improved, increasing from 18.9 percent in 2008 to 25.9 percent in 2012, but the number of lower secondary schools is inadequate for the rising number of graduating students of primary schools. The gross number of students enrolled in lower secondary school has increased nationwide from 220,000 in 2008 to 370,000 in 2012, an increase of 1.7 times. As it increases student-to-classroom ratio, quality of learning environment and education is severely affected.
Through this project, 30 new schools with a total of 180 classrooms will be constructed in three regions near the capital where the classroom shortage is serious, accommodating about 8,600 students. Providing a favorable learning environment will contribute to quality education.
JICA provides comprehensive support for better learning of the children of Burkina Faso not only by this project but also by providing technical cooperation to improve the quality of lessons in classrooms and to improve the learning environment.
* In 2007, the Government of Burkina Faso revised its basic education law, defining pre-school, primary, lower secondary (post-primary) and non-formal education as basic education, and making them free. Of these education levels, primary and lower secondary education are mandatory for children aged six to 16.
A designer’s depiction of a completed school building