A school belonging to a whole village

Ouaga, a non-profit organization created by HEC, France’s leading business school, is determined to help Burkina Faso’s development by doing work in education. In 2006, Ouaga is heading out into the field for the second time, this time, to open a school.

Humanitarian and Development

Korsimoro, Burkina Faso

Jean-Pierre Thévenon

20,000 € to the Selection Committee at 2006/01/31
  Project leader Ouaga

«  The Caroline School construction project in Korsimoro is based on a similar, and successful, experience. It will blend in with village life, not disrupt it. Unfortunately, some of the initiatives undertaken in Burkina Faso are carried out in a disorganized way. »

Jean-Pierre Thévenon

Burkina Faso's education index is below 25%, one of the factors that put it into 175th place out of 177 countries in the Human Development Index of the United Nations. A few HEC students wanted to change that so they got together and created Ouaga as a way of bringing lasting improvement in education to the country.

After succeeding in getting one school built in the village of Pissila, in 2004, Ouaga is going back to work in 2006, this time, in Korsimoro, a small town in an impoverished region in the north-central part of the country. There, the organization concentrated on the final stage in the school's construction: improvements to existing rooms. A well, lunchroom and three new classrooms (one of which is a library) have been added to the initial project. This enables the school to serve twice as many children.

* A Catholic organization devoted to development and outreach