Burkina Faso, Kalghin
Acronis School in Burkina Faso
Construction Period: Jun 2021 – Nov 2021


Type of facility

A school building





NGO partner


Academic year

September to May

Literacy rate (15+ years old)


Attendance rate

Primary school – 48%
Lower secondary school – 63%
Upper secondary school – 63%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – 748,275
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 901,365
Youth (15 – 17) – 855,745

Project implementation

Although education in Burkina Faso is compulsory for children aged 7–14, this rule is not enforced, and the average child attends school for just 1.5 years. More than half of the adult population is illiterate. Gender disparity can be seen from the first year of primary education, with 49.3% of boys attending school against 37.2% of girls. The spread of AIDS and other prevalent diseases has compromised ongoing efforts to make education more accessible.

Kalghin, a community in the country’s Centre-Ouest region, felt the impact of these obstacles every day. The village was over 5 kilometers away from the nearest proper school, and the only local infrastructure for education was a temporary and very rustic thatch structure, which was frequently compromised by weather. This posed serious maintenance challenges and safety hazards. The Acronis Cyber Foundation, in collaboration with project partner buildOn, worked hard to bring the community a dedicated and resilient school facility — complete with modern amenities — supporting around 120 students with their studies.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new school took place on June 10, 2021, and construction was completed in November of the same year. In the near future, the Acronis Cyber Foundation plans to add a dedicated computer classroom to the Kalghin school, helping students to develop the STEM and IT skills they’ll need to fuel continued self-education and to thrive in the modern world.

About the country


Burkina Faso

Capital city



20.32 million people


West African Franc (CFA)

Major languages

Mòoré, Fula, Dioula, French

Travel information

Burkina Faso has a primarily tropical climate with average annual temperature of 30-32 °C (86-90 °F) in the north and 32-33 °C (90-91 °F) in the south

Dry season

October to May, during which harmattan, a hot dry wind from Sahara, blows

Wet season

May/June to September

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Ouagadougou: Laico Ouaga 2000

Bobo-Dioulasso: Hôtel L’Auberge, Villa Soudan

Places to eat

Ouagadougou: Le Verdoyant

Bobo-Dioulasso: L’Eau Vive

Best souvenirs from the country

Tuareg leatherwork, Mossi metal casting, fabric dyeing, musical instruments, wood carving, weaving (cloth and reconditioned plastic grocery bags)

Travel agencies

Couleurs d’Afrique

Interpreting services


Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Ouagadougou city tour

Day 2: School visit

Day 3: Ouagadougou – Tiebele – Ouagadougou

Day 4: Ouagadougou – Sabou – Bobo-Dioulasso

Day 5: Bobo-Dioulasso – Banfora – Sindou – Bobo-Dioulasso

Day 6: Bobo-Dioulasso – Loropeni – Bobo-Dioulasso

Day 7: Bobo-Dioulasso – Ouagadougou

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