The Government of Japan signed a ¥1.1 billion (US$8.4 million) agreement with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide grant assistance to Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso’s strategy for social and economic development includes human capital consolidation as one of its four pillars and places importance on strengthening the education system. While the total enrolment rate for secondary schools has increased, it remains low at 50% due to inadequate facilities and resources. Lack of resources has also led to large class sizes, which thereby affect the quality of education. The grant will go toward the Programme for the Construction of Secondary Schools and Technical Education Vocational Training Secondary Schools in the Central and Central Western Regions.
This grant contribution continues Japan's longstanding support for education initiatives in the region through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNICEF.