Lycée Schorge - Building a Gymnasium in Koudougou

Background: Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, with schools being in terrible condition, resulting in lack of education and an extremely low literacy rate

Vision: We want to foster education in Burkina Faso and be a state of the art example for good education. Literacy courses, library opening hours on the weekend and football tournaments, will make the school a meeting place for everyone.

Current Success: Regular computer trainings for the students were integrated in the curriculum. A school garden provides a variety of vegetables and fruits, used for the meals at school and the greatest success: high speed internet for the school.

Goal: Proportion of girls to be at least 50% and giving 350 pupils a chance to create their future and be able to support themselves and their families

Education is one of the most valuable gifts – it stimulates the spirit in young people and opens up new possibilities for their future. In Burkina Faso however, the schooling situation represents a huge challenge. The access to education is still limited, especially in the field of secondary schools. Moreover, teachers and students are faced with difficult teaching and learning conditions. The construction for Lycée Schorge started in October 2014. The school will be a secondary school, starting with grade 7 and consisting of seven grades and 350 pupils. The pupils will have the opportunity to receive an intermediate school leaving certificate after grade 10, giving them the chance to learn a practical field, or to receive a secondary school leaving certificate after grade 13 and being able to apply for university.

Big emphasis is put on sustainability and using innovative elements (such as windmills). Architect of the school is the internationally educated and renowned Francis Kere, who was born in Burkina Faso.