COGES PROJECT

Burkina Faso: in activity
Niger: Project completed in 2014

The establishment of COGES in schools enhances the quality of student life and makes for better behavior in the community, the latter which is required to develop a spirit of mutual support and solidarity to ensure the smooth running of the action plan activities.

In 2012, the SEMAFO Foundation invested in the COGES (School Management Committee) project, which supports the sustainability of the school canteens in Burkina Faso by preparing the parents to self-manage school related issues. Through PACOGES (School Management Committee Support Project), 23 schools in the CEB (basic education district) of Yaho have received support. The COGES is an organization that encourages the participation of teachers, parents, communities and other partners and stakeholders in school life in order to reinforce school-related collaboration and allow the local community to be involved in the school. It operates using input from the community, and its activities are evaluated in the action plan adopted at the general meeting. A defining feature of the COGES approach is that it empowers the community to become self-sufficient. This approach teaches them to rely, first and foremost, on their own strengths. Several workshops were set up, and 32 out of the 58 scheduled activities in 18 COGES, were carried out in a short period of time.

SEMAFO Foundation continues to support the COGES at Bana and Wona to ensure that they function well.

In short


  • 8,036 people touched (until juin 30, 2017)
  • Trained 68 people from the villages of Bana and Wona (APE, AME, COGES and school principals) (2015-2016)
  • Number of schools supported: 23
  • Trained 68 people from the villages of Bana and Wona (APE, AME, COGES and school principals) (2015-2016)
  • Trained 48 people from the villages of Bana and Wona (APE, AME, COGES and school principals) (2014-2015)
  • Provided training for trainers, which impacted 15 members of the school community and three officers of the Foundation (2014-2015)
  • 23 schools in the CEB of Yaho and Bana received training in the implementation of COGES (2012)

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