Project information

Developing a school in Burkina Faso

Bethel School educates the poorest children to help pull themselves out of poverty.However,the school building is substandard and children are turned away because of overcrowding.We are building new classrooms and learning areas to give more children the opportunity to learn and change their lives

November 2012 - September 2014

Charity information: Giving Africa

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  • Need


    Burkina Faso is the 6th poorest country in the world.It also has the second lowest school enrolment rates in the world and in Gourcy (where Bethel School is located),less than 2 in 10 children are in education.Giving Africa is dedicated to change this and through education,end the cycle of poverty.We conducted our own study of needs at Bethel school and identified severe overcrowding and poor learning conditions as key barriers to education.We want to erradicate these so children can learn.


    By expanding the school, we can enrol around 40% more children from the poorest community (total 1,100).The children will benefit from smaller classes and better learning environments which will facilitate better learning.This will have a bigger impact on the local community.By giving the children the chance of an education means they will be able to set up their own business,gain employment or go on to further education–breaking the cycle of poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Expand the school to encompass more classrooms, better facilities and learning environment.


    » Add an additional 8 classrooms (increase capacity by 40% up to 1100 children).
    » Build a science lab, library, health centre, changing rooms and provide new resources.
    » Improve existing classrooms and facilities (ceiling, lighting, shade, furniture) and address the quality of teaching

    What success will look like

    The school will have an extra 8 classrooms, a library and a science lab.We will monitor other success outputs such as exam marks to determine the long term impact.

  • Impact


    The school which will serve the community and future generations of children in the long term.We will continue to monitor the outputs of the school such as exam successes and career destinations of past students to ensure the school environment is suitable.


    The potential risks of going over budget and behind time schedules will be mitigated by working alongside a reputable local organisation (Article 25) who are skilled and experienced in designing and building schools in Africa. We have recieved all the plans and outlines of this project with adequate time for each phase of the project.


    We recieve weekly and monthly reports on the progress of building work.We will share these reports with our donors and provide regular updates. Furthermore,we regularly monitor and evaluate the outcomes such as children's exam results and destination after graduation to share with donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £362,288

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,566 Phase 1 8 classrooms, Latrines.
      £111,722 Phase 2 Library, Study spaces, Security Hut, Clinic, Bike shelters, Furniture

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Otto Bruun Trust £75,000 Guaranteed
    Kili Trek income £64,000 Guaranteed
    Ball £8,400 Guaranteed
    Company/Individual donations £30,072 Guaranteed
    Brillig Charitable Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Other Trusts £16,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Burkina Faso is the 6th poorest countries in the World.The country is landlocked and faces huge challenges with few natural resources, severe climate issues, food security problems and environmental issues. 45% live in poverty and less than 3 in 10 adults are literate.Burkina Faso has the second lowest school enrolment rates in the world where 1.8 million secondary aged children not in secondary education.In Gourcy,where Bethel School is based, has less than 2 in 10 children in education.


    This project will immediately impact the lives of 1,100 children per year and influence the lives of 13,200 more since 1 child will impact 12 of their family and close family members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Giving Africa have worked in Burkina Faso since 2010 and have contacts with two key local organisations (AEAD and Article 25). We have built up key relationships and knowledge into the local culture and needs of the community and have conducted extensive research to establish the needs.Our aim is to create empowered communities to pull themselves out of poverty.We have a clear exit strategy to ensure that we can make long lasting sustainable changes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Katrina Gibson



    Burkina Faso Registered Charity who run Bethel School and have over 20 years experience in providing educational establishments but lack resources

    Article 25

    UK registered charity - responsible for the feasibility study for the additional classrooms and local community engagement along with project managemn