Burkina Faso is the first case where the competition is purely under African patronage. From the beginning, Dr. Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, who has a doctorate in education from Germany and teaches at the University of Koudougou, has been in charge.
The implementing organisation is "Philia Internationale", of which he is a co-founder.
The competition took place in the basic education district Tenkodogo 1. Tenkodogo is the capital of the Centre-East region (approx. 190 km east of Ouagadougou). 49 public schools participated. The PRIX MAKARANTA went to the school GOGARE A.The Makaranta competition, organised by the PHILIA INTERNATIONAL association, took place between December 2019 and September 2020. The individual phases were:
- Exchange of information between the Philia Internationale team and the Basic Education District (CEB, Circonscription d'éducation de base) Tenkodogo 1. Issuance of a memo by the Head of the Basic Education District to inform all head teachers about the opening of a competition for outstanding performance. Headmasters were asked to involve the chairpersons of parents' associations, management committees and educators' associations in this activity to ensure the success of the competition.
- Administration of the questionnaires: Establishment of a committee to organise the competition within the CEB. The team consists of one representative of Philia, two representatives of the CEB management and two representatives of the trade unions. The committee provided questionnaires to all 49 schools. At the end of the data collection, the CEB set up a jury to select the winning school.
- Organisation of the award ceremony on 19 September 2020 at the Multipurpose Hall of Tenkodogo to the beneficiary school GOGARE A. Present at the ceremony were: the Director General of the State Protocol, His Excellency Raymond BALIMA, representatives of the President of the Centre-East Regional Council, the Mayor of the City of Tenkodogo, the Regional Director and the Provincial Director of Education, representatives of the security forces, members of the CEB, teachers, students, members of Philia and many other guests.
- The handover of the funds: The amount of 1,000,000 FCFA (equivalent to 1500 €) was handed over to the winning school: GOGARE A.
Validation of the school project: Two micro-project proposals were submitted to Philia via the CEB.
- The first project deals with vegetable cultivation. The aim is to contribute to the improvement of the school canteen by supplying vegetables. The 0.25 ha nursery will supply vegetables for the school canteen and the rest of the vegetables will be sold to increase the school's income.
- The second concerns the establishment of a school nursery. The aim is to strengthen environmental education in the schools through the production of seedlings. The seedlings produced are used for reforestation of the school on the one hand and for income generation on the other. Two gardeners are trained and in turn teach the students to produce the plants. The students take care of the plants and water them regularly.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to an interruption in the processing of the questionnaires due to the government-imposed closure measures (16 March to 30 July 2020).