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Construction of a high school in Burkina Faso

For 280 students in the village of Zinado

The Air Liquide Foundation has renewed its commitment to supporting Zinado 2000, an association that works to improve healthcare, education and the environment in Burkina Faso. After helping to fund the purchase of equipment for a health clinic in 2010, the Foundation is now offering its support for the construction of a new junior high school in the village of Zinado.

Too many students, too few schools

Since 2007, school attendance has been mandatory for children up to age 16 in Burkina Faso. To meet the demands of this new requirement, a number of primary schools were built. However, there are still too few secondary schools. Zorgho canton in particular has four junior high and high schools for the 55,000 residents in the canton's 33 villages. The schools are all overcrowded with 70 to 120 students per class. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, 250 children in Zorgho canton were unable to enroll in a junior high school. Distance is another problem: the closest junior high to the village of Zinado is at a distance of 11 km, which is too far to travel on a daily basis for young students.

A new junior high school in Zinado

Zinado 2000 has overseen numerous humanitarian projects in Zorgho canton, including the construction of two primary schools and two health clinics. The Air Liquide Foundation supported the creation of a water and electricity supply system in 2010 for the health clinic in Zinado. This year the association plans to build a junior high school in the village of Zinado, which will accommodate 280 students. This school will benefit the children of Zinado, who will no longer have to travel 11 km to attend classes, as well as those in Tintogo, a neighboring village.

The Air Liquide Foundation's involvement

The overall project entails the construction of a fully fitted classroom building for four grades (from 6th to 9th grades) as well as installation of the electricity system. The grant from the Air Liquide Foundation was used to build a classroom ready in time for the 2015-2016 school year.

Inauguration of the high school

The high school was inaugurated on the 12th November 2016, in the presence of the the Minister of National Education of Burkina Faso, the association Zinado 2000, the local authorities, all the students, and the inhabitants of Zinado. The ceremony featured official speeches, medal ceremony, the traditional cutting of the ribbon, as well as singing and dancing!

PROJECT IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: Zinado 2000
  • Location: Zinado, Zorgho canton, Burkina Faso
  • Year of support: 2015
  • Air Liquide sponsor: Harouna Badini, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Air Liquide Burkina Faso