College in Gofila

Construction of the first modern school centre in the north of Burkina Faso

Children from seven villages around Gofila visit the close by college (secondary school) in Nessemtenga (distance from Gofila: seven km). This college is already overcrowded and thus some of the children have no opportunity to attend secondary school after finishing elementary school. Therefore, at the end of 2016, we decided to expand the existing primary school in Gofila by building a college.


By installing an off-grid solar system, we are planning to supply the entire school center with electricity. Currently the situation for the teachers on site is complicated, because there is no electricity connection in Gofila, the next power line is in a distance of 20 km. With the access to electricity we want to offer the teachers more comfort and make working at our school centre more attractive. By offering evening school and adult education, we want to significantly increase the level of education in Gofila and give the population the possibility to obtain a school-leaving qualification.


Several conversations with the government, the association of the village community and the village elders have taken place in advance to clarify the local need.


Financing from own resources
Total costs approx. 45,000 EUR:


In March 2017 we started the realization of the first construction phase of the college. The local company CFPAK was commissioned to build the main building, consisting of four classrooms and two offices (director/administration). Furthermore, our association provided the necessary furniture, such as tables, benches, chairs, etc. The building was completed in September 2017 and about 75 young people were enrolled in the first class. By 2020, approx. 300 young people will be able to attend school in the four classrooms of the college.


Realization in cooperation with the BMZ (75% funding) 
Total costs approx. 50,000 EUR:


In order to ensure a smooth day-to-day school life our association built a kitchen, three toilet blocks (separation of sexes), a teacher meeting including furniture, a fence and a parking hangar in cooperation with the BMZ. These buildings were completed in November 2017. The Fencing of the complete school area took place in December 2017.


The installation and commissioning of the off-grid solar system on the roof of the college took place in December 2017 and was taken out by Sunergy, based in Ghana. 50 adults have registered for the attendance at evening school starting at the end of December and will be able to complete primary school education.


We also plan to offer computer courses from 2018 onwards. The initial equipment, such as computers and printers, is provided by our association.

 

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