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Technical support for the education centre and social reintegration for minors who are in conflict with the law

Project leader

Terre des Hommes Italy

Location Bobo Dioulasso
Dates 01/01/2017 31/12/2019
Intervention Area Socio-economic inclusion
Funding 170 000,00 €


The Sahel has the lowest post-primary schooling rate (12.7%).  Moreover, the pressure of certain socio-cultural and religious practices also deprives children of access to school.  This is particularly the case for children in Koranic schools.  MFSNF statistics have shown that 40% of these children end up leaving their Koranic centre and living on the streets, where they start begging on a permanent basis and engaging in illegal activities such as theft or using narcotic drugs.

Survival in the streets is strongly correlated with engaging in violent behaviour in order to survive and to defend themselves from the aggression of their peers.  Theft and other criminal behaviours (such as drug use, assault, rape and involvement in organised gangs) leave street children at risk of being caught up in the legal system.  By way of illustration, in the Ouagadougou penal establishment (the largest prison in the country), the juvenile prison population increased from between 30 and 55 minors at the end of 2014 to 85 to 100 minors at the end of 2015.

It was in this context that Education Centre and Social Reintegration for Minors who are in Conflict with the Law (CERMICOL) was created, with the support of Monaco's Official Development Assistance.

The aim of this placement centre is to offer support and encourage education and social reintegration for minors who are in conflict with the law. The social reintegration strategy promoted by the centre ensures an individual educational pathway for each child that takes his or her general situation (personal, psychological, educational, professional, family and social) into account and a preliminary environmental assessment to encourage his or her socio-professional reintegration.

Project owner

Terre des Hommes Italy

Overall objective 

Help construct a youth justice system that is based on alternatives to prison, including placements and educational measures, and aimed at rehabilitating minors who have committed offences.


Direct beneficiaries: Approximately 100 minors of both sexes, aged between 13 and 18, who are in conflict with the law, mainly from the western regions of the country.

Indirect beneficiaries: 

  • 45 players involved in youth justice (judges, lawyers, Police brigades for the protection of minors, social services, etc.)
  • 300 people who are parents or families of minors who are in conflict with the law