Girls’ educational attainment affects the human capital of Burkina Faso’s future labor force, shaping their economic opportunities and their country’s economic growth. In Burkina Faso’s Sahel Region, an administrative region in the northeastern part of the country, girls are more likely to drop out of primary and lower secondary school than girls nationally, resulting in lower educational attainment of girls in the Sahel Region compared to the rest of the country. Sahelian girls are also more likely to become pregnant or get married at a younger age than girls in any other region of the country, which hinders their ability to enroll and stay in school.

This infographic highlights disparities in health and education in the Sahel Region, shares an analysis of the likelihood of girls dropping out of school for pregnancy, marriage, and unpaid care work, and provides strategies policymakers can adopt to reduce these barriers.