Training 1,300 young people

Burkina Faso is among the world’s poorest countries. At over 3%, its annual population growth is one of the highest in Africa, which creates real challenges in terms of socio-economic development. With one-third of the population between 15 and 35 years old, pressure is high on the job market.

Project overview

After several pilot projects, this project aims to improve the quality of professional training and promote the professional integration of young people in four different regions of Burkina Faso in three key sectors of the local market: photovoltaics, plumbing and agriculture.

Acting for Life and its local partners offer an approach involving the different actors in technical and vocational education and training: young people, training centres, local and national authorities, and the private sector. Acting for Life encourages interaction between those different actors in order to improve the quality of training and the socio-economic integration of young people through employment.


  • help young people gain access to professional training (young people in remote areas, girls and young people from non-formal education systems) by creating pathways between professional training and non-formal education;
  • improve the quality of training by strengthening partner training centres, improving the skills of instructors and enhancing or creating reference guides for training and specific modules;
  • promote the professional integration of young people by strengthening the connection between professional environment and training through the adoption of new training methods (field-school) and monitoring of students.

Key figures and results

  • 80% of the young people from vulnerable or remote areas who have been supported by the project have successfully completed the training programme;
  • 1,300 students have had their training costs (programme fees, housing, etc.) covered (totally or partially) and have been provided with professional and learning supplies;
  • 600 teachers from the non-formal education system have been strengthened and taught about professional training.

Three training programmes designed/updated in connection with the private sector have been approved by the local and national authorities

  • 50 training sessions (long or modular) have integrated the technical and methodological innovations of the READY project;
  • 8 training centres have been equipped for the training programmes supported by the project,
  • 60 instructors have improved their teaching and technical skills.

At least 80% of students are generating their own income one year after the end of the programme

  • 2 experience-sharing documents were produced;
  • 35 field-school projects were completed,
  • 50% of the students supported (secondary sector) are enrolled in a training programme on entrepreneurship;
  • 730 students are monitored and receive help finding work (students in the secondary sector only).

Photos of the project-launch workshop

Photos of the project

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