Vocational Skills


How do we help the students earn an income to raise themselves and their families out of poverty?

In a country where unemployment rates are high, we asked the students, teachers and parents to help us identify what skills are needed to provide the best chance of employment or support for setting up their own businesses.  As a result, we have started to run 2 vocational programmes and are working with partners to develop these further.

Both of these programmes have the added benefit of giving the students confidence in their ability to provide for their families.  We are also providing additional entrepreneurial skills programmes to the students


Thriving Tailor

The Thriving Tailor programme which teaches the students sewing, dressmaking and business skills. This not only enables students to be able to make clothes for themselves and their families, we also envisage them making the school uniforms, helping the school become sustainable and eventually setting up their own businesses.   In January 2018 we started our 3rd Thriving Tailor course ensuring that more and more of the female students are trained in a viable vocational skill that will enable them to earn an income. 

You can provide a student with a place on the Thriving Tailor programme with a donation below. 

£130 can provide a student access to this programme

Teaching the students sewing vocational skills enhancing their education in Burkina Faso

Cultivating Minds

Cultivating Minds is our agricultural programme which teaches the children to grow food helping develop a future occupation but also provides produce for the Food for Thought programme.  Our aim is to enable the students to sell some of their produce through the school helping the sustainability of the school while also learning business skills.  The success of the Cultivating Minds programme has meant that in December 2017 the students started cultivating another 4ha in Tougo near the school.  The garden at the school also expanded.  Students are now able to grow produce at home.

You can provide a student access to the Cultivating Minds programme by making a donation below

£130 can provide a student access to this programme

Teaching the students agricultural vocational skills enhancing their education in Burkina Faso
My name is Ouedraogo Saidou. I am 17 years old and in the 3rd year of college training in the theoretical and practical agriculture program. I have learned many farming techniques such as the placement of seedlings, the construction of rows, transplanting, irrigation and the application of phytosanitary chemicals. This training allows me to support my parents during the school vacation.
I am Ouedraogo Sadia. I am 18 years old. I am in the 4th class. As a result of the training in market gardening and horticulture I see the importance of this activity as vegetables allow the improvement of the quality of the school canteen. During the school vacation I plan to install a small garden, and the revenue it produces can help me support my parents in paying my school fees.