Bethel Secondary school  is managed by our wonderful partner AEAD; a well-respected NGO operating in one of Burkina Faso’s most deprived areas. Although the school does well for the region, it is facing enormous challenges;

  • over demand for access
  • terrible conditions for learning (no lighting, ventilation, teaching resources, chairs or desks)
  • no skills training provision, resulting in very poor employment prospects


As with most of the population, Bethel’s children are undernourished which has a detrimental effect on their ability to learn.

We plan to develop Bethel school into a ‘model of excellence’ for secondary school education in Burkina Faso. Our aim is to:

  • Increase access: Increasing capacity, reducing class sizes and reducing other  barriers to access (gender barriers, poverty)
  • Increase quality: Improving the environment, providing resources and facilities (including good quality teachers)
  • Improve relevance: Vocational training in crafts and trades to ensure employability and inclusion of vital life skills education


All set within the framework of sustainability, working to an exit strategy of 5-7 years.


It is clear that there is a great need for change at Bethel but also huge potential to create a school that will offer real opportunities for its children to break out of the cycle of poverty that has defined their families for generations. Through the success of its pupils, the school will be a catalyst for change.

Our journey so far…