Access to education and employment

ESSOR aimed to build on, and make sustainable, the achievements of a project implemented with the Addax and Oryx Foundation from 2012 to 2015 in two districts of Bissau, Bairro Militar and Missira. The project planned to promote access to preschool for 300 vulnerable children and improve the quality of teacher training; to facilitate access to vocational training for 200 vulnerable youths, leading to employment for 50% of them; and to accompany 100 young adults into self-employment. 50% of the beneficiaries were to be girls/women.

By the end of the project, 573 children (57% girls) had attended preschool. Twenty instructors had been trained to teach children aged between 4 and 6 years old. 390 youths had begun vocational training courses (39% women), of whom 310 had graduated (35% women). They benefitted from job orientation services and 181 were able to pursue a two-to-three month internship. The rate of employment was 28% for those who had not followed an internship and 48% for those who had. A first wave of 57 students was trained in entrepreneurship (21 women). 14 created their own microenterprise. ESSOR was looking to improve the mentorship aspect of the program before continuing this activity.

The French association ESSOR was founded in 1992 and aims to help vulnerable populations to acquire the necessary means to sustainably improve their lives.



Education / Community Development


July 2015 – June 2017


Bairro Militar and Missira / Guinea- Bissau

With whom



Guinea- Bissau

1.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 660/year ( 2011)

Poverty rate *
69% (2010)

Literacy rate
46% (2016)

Human Development Index
177th out of 189 countries (2018)

Guinea-Bissau has suffered from political instability since its independence in 1974. This has resulted in a lack of development and high levels of poverty, with over two-thirds of the population live under the poverty line. Many women still die during childbirth. Despite progress in reducing its child mortality rate, one in 10 children still die before reaching the age of 5 and 28% of all children under 5 are moderately to severely malnourished. The HIV/AIDS pandemic, malaria and TB continue to advance, resulting in a particularly low life expectancy. Education for all is progressing slowly although the quality of education remains poor and is compounded by a severe shortage of teachers and resources.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.