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.
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 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.
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!