Project profile — Support for Burkina Faso's Basic Education Strategic Development Program

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Support for Burkina Faso's Basic Education Strategic Development Program - Overview
Government of Burkina Faso - Ministry of Economy and Finance
2017-12-08 - 2022-03-31
Country / region • Burkina-Faso (100.00%)
Sector • Education, Level Unspecified
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (25.00%)
• Basic Education
Primary education (11220) (40.00%)
• Secondary Education
Lower secondary education (11321) (32.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (3.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project seeks to support Burkina Faso’s Ministry of National Education and Literacy (MENA) in implementing its Basic Education Strategic Development Program (PDSEB) for the 2017-2022 period. This is done by helping to improve access to quality education for girls and boys aged 6 to 16. The program is also helping to achieve gender parity in terms of access to post primary education and the completion of primary and post primary education. Project activities include the following: (1) building and equipping approximately 4,000 new classrooms each year for primary and post primary schools; (2) increasing the number of qualified teachers to approximately 105,000 by 2021; (3) adopting specific measures to encourage girls’ education; (4) setting up training programs tailored to out of school youth, training teachers and implementing new curricula; (5) providing textbooks; (6) strengthening school management committees and MENA’s archiving and internal control systems.

Expected results

The expected results of this project include the following: (1) narrower gaps in access to education, thereby improving gender parity at the primary and post primary levels; (2) improved quality of service delivery for basic education; (3) more effective basic education steering and management practices at all levels of the education system.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of December 2020 include: (1) success rate for the 2020 Undergraduate Study Certificate is 36.5% (including 32.7% for girls), compared to 26.6% in 2019 ( including 22.6% for girls), indicating an increase of 9.9 and 10.1 percentage points respectively for all students and girls; (2) slight improvement in the success rate for the Primary School Certificate which rose from 65.8% in 2019 (including 63.1% for girls) to 65.9% in 2020 (including 63.9% for girls ); and (3) drop in the primary completion rate by 1.4 percentage points between 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. However, the completion rate for girls remained higher than that for boys over the period. The downward trend observed in the indicators is explained through factors exogenous to the education system (security and health crises) which caused a shutdown or a slowdown of public services in 2020. Despite these difficulties, the education system has shown great resilience due to the technical and financial partners’ support and the government’s constant mobilization.



Original budget $10,500,000
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
29-10-2021 Disbursement $7,500,000
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