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CAFOC – Education and Training Center for Young People

Young People find a Future.

This project contributes in particular to the achievement of the Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) 1 and 4.



Many children and young people in Burkina Faso do not have adequate access to education. Many young people cannot attend secondary school due to high school fees.

The training center Centre d'Apprentissage et de Formation Continue (CAFOC) has been taking up this challenge for years, providing training to impoverished children and young people.



At the CAFOC education and training center, children and young people receive both a general education and basic training in highly requested technical professions:

  • Theory and practice in electrical engineering
  • Reading and writing
  • Mathematics
  • French
  • English

Periodic internships at cooperating companies are a constant part of the training. In this way, numerous young people have been able to find employment on the local labour market after completing their training.

With donations collected by ÖJAB, the local education and training center CAFOC has been awarding student scholarships to disadvantaged young people living on the outskirts and in the slums of Ouagadougou since 2001. In this way they have the opportunity to attend school and learn skills in technical professions.

The donations collected by ÖJAB also support the general operation and maintenance of the CAFOC education and training center. 

Teilmehmerin des AusbildungsprogrammsAt the CAFOC education and training center young participants learn technical professions.



The combination of basic school education and practical vocational training in the fields of electrical engineering gives young people good chances of subsequently gaining a foothold in the labour market. The project thus makes an important contribution to reducing youth unemployment and offers young people sustainable perspectives in life.


Hamidou, Teilnehmer des Ausbildungsprojekts CAFOC.Hamidou, participant in the CAFOC training project
  • Hamidou is 17 years old and lives with his family in a suburb of the capital Ouagadougou. Hamidou's family could no longer afford to send him to school, so Hamidou was unable to attend his old school. For some time he worked in insecure jobs on the streets of Ouagadougou. Thanks to the financial support of ÖJAB, Hamidou is now able to return to education. At the CAFOC education and training center he is completing an apprenticeship as an electrician. His explicit aim is to open his own business after finishing his vocational training.


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