Sabou: Electrification of Second Chance School

Burkina Faso

  • Population: 18105570 people
    30% urban - 70% rural
  • Life expectancy: 59 years
  • Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years: 29%
  • Population with access to electricity:
    49% urban - 1% rural
  • Population with access to Improved water source:
    98% urban - 76% rural

The need

The Second Chance School is managed by the Zodneere Association, which provides schooling for children aged 8 to 17 from very modest families and has, since its creation in 1994, already enabled 1,000 of them to obtain the study certificates. The International Cooperation and Solidarity Club of the Lycée Hilaire de Chardonnet in Chalon sur Saône (CSLHC) asked Electriciens sans frontières to electrify the Second Chance School in Sabou, Burkina Faso. The high school students worked with their teachers and Electriciens sans frontières on the design and implementation of the project as part of their Baccalaureate project.

The response

The solution chosen by Electriciens sans frontières was to connect Sabou’s Second Chance school to the nearest electricity grid. To ensure the sustainability of the project, Electriciens sans frontières is providing training to a former student of the school to manage the daily use and activity of charging mobile phone batteries.

The aim

The project makes it possible to improve the schooling conditions of the 250 children (aged 8 to 17) attending school by enabling them to work in the evening, thus promoting success in obtaining study certificates. It also allows the 150 adults attending the school for evening literacy classes to meet, exchange ideas and educate themselves in the evening.

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