Education Preschool

The women in the village of Nakamtenga voiced the need for better education for their children and knew the existing school system made it very hard for their children to succeed and create a better future.


Nakamtenga, Burkina Faso


Maria Tiendrebeogo, Adama Diallo, Eugenie


Ongoing since 2001

Contributing to these

Global Goals

1 – No poverty
2 – Zero hunger
3 – Good health and well-being
4 – Quality education
5 – Gender equality
6 – Clean water and sanitation
10 – Reduced inequalities
16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
Click on a target to view related projects.
Support this project


– We are looking for teacher exchanges and pedagogical support

– School sponsors are important for long-term development. We have about 70 sponsors and would need 200 more. A school sponsorship includes quality education, school dining, and health care for one student, SEK 300 a month.

– Sponsoring a salary for someone in the school staff (1,500-3,500 SEK per month depending on level)

– Laptops and smartphones are needed for documentation and planning.


– Solar energy must be installed to meet the needs of all educational institutions.

– School garden has started and needs a push forward for fencing, water etc.

Do you want to join the partnership network?

Join Yennenga Network

About the project

The pedagogy used has influences from many different directions and a customized strategy has been designed to suit the local context. The basic thing is that every child is in focus. An important task for the preschool in Nakamtenga is through play and work to give the children a good language and a great vocabulary, both in their mother tongue and in French, which is the official language of the country, but which a few in the countryside speak and understand.

Another major theme of children's education and education is hygiene. A great deal of emphasis is placed on cleanliness, both bodily and in terms of clothes. Hand washing is done several times during the day and tooth brushing is mandatory after each meal. This education lays the foundation for good health and well-being.

There are still too few preschools and the demand is greater than the supply. We have children from other villages than Nakamtenga, whose parents bring them to preschool every day. This parental engagement shows a change in the attitude towards small childrens’ capacity and needs. The children who live further away are brought whereas many children that live in Nakamtenga walk by themselves. The largest risk factor for these children is the traffic.

The purpose of the preschool in the village of Nakamtenga is to carry out a preschool activity with pedagogy and teaching materials that are based on the children's own language and context. In this way, the children are given the basis they need to complete their continuing schooling as well as possible. The preschool in Nakamtenga is aimed at children from the neighboring countryside whose conditions for managing school differ greatly from children with parents who themselves have a school background. Our goal is for the pedagogy and teaching material produced here to be model-forming for the entire country.

The preschool in Nakamtenga

This is where it all began. The women in the village of Nakamtenga, the vast majority illiterate, came together and said that they needed a pre-school in the village. Not because they needed a babysitter - but because they wanted to give their children an honest chance to manage school. “Our children are not stupid, but they have not been given an honest chance to finish school - therefore we must have a preschool in the village! A good school system is a must for achieving sustainable development.”

Adamas Preschool

The preschool is aimed at children belonging to the traditionally nomad population Peul, where there is no tradition of sending the children to school. The purpose is to give the children a good basis when entering the school system where the teaching is not in their language and the culture differs. Entrance in the national school system is an important step in the transition from traditional nomadic life to taking part in the society around them. The preschool is sponsored by the company Språkkonsulterna since start.

Eugenies preschool

At Eugenies preschool in Ziniaré the same strategy and methodology is used as at the preschool in Nakamtenga. Eugenie, who is in charge of the preschool, worked from start at the preschool in Nakamtenga in 2001 and became the school's first principal. In 2012, Eugenie left the preschool in Nakamtenga to create a new one in Ziniaré. Ziniaré is a fast growing urban area and the need for preschools is very high. The preschool is sponsored by the company SJR since start.