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Lower secondary school in Burkina Faso

Construction of a lower secondary school in Sanon in Burkina Faso

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the Les Puisatiers association in its construction project for a lower secondary school in Sanon, a commune 40 km northwest of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. The Foundation is financing the building materials for the new school, which will open its doors to 100 children and 100 additional students annually for four years.

The Les Puisatiers association

The Les Puisatiers association was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping the development of Sourgou and Sanon, two communes in Burkina Faso located in the bush. The association’s 40 volunteers have set the objective of making the villagers autonomous to avoid emigration. Their actions are focused on the supply of drinking water, irrigation and access to hygiene and education.

Construction of a new lower secondary school

Each year, among the 300 students who pass the entrance exam in sixth grade, at least a hundred of them cannot enter the neighboring lower secondary schools for lack of room. In 2011, the Les Puisatiers association therefore launched, with the support of the Burkina Faso Ministry of National Education, the construction of a new lower secondary school.

Parent involvement was a decisive factor in the decision-making process

Parent involvement was a decisive factor in the decision-making process. Aware that their children needed to learn to read and write to obtain a job in the future, the parents were ready to help as volunteers in the construction of the school and to partially finance the teachers, as is often done in Burkina Faso.

100 children admitted the first year

The construction of the lower secondary school is planned over four years: two classrooms with a capacity of 50 students each will be built annually. The Air Liquide Foundation is contributing its support to the first construction phase of the school, which will admit 100 children the first year.


  • Project initiator: Les Puisatiers association
  • Location: Sanon, 40 km northwest of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso