Benin

"Education is at the forefront of our priorities... Measures have been taken to provide free general education for girls at lower secondary level. The large-scale recruitment, training and strengthening of the capacities of teachers, the upgrading of training courses, learning for the enhancement of skills acquired in the non-formal sector – significant results have been achieved, enabling my country to secure, among others, a net enrolment ratio of 97.4% and a 70% primary completion rate." - President Yayi Boni

Watch the video message from Benin's Former President Yayi Boni

 

Education is a top priority for the State of Benin. Between 2006 and 2013, the Government of President Boni Yayi took important steps to develop the national education system: to ensure free universal primary education, tuition support for junior girls in secondary education, partial support of girls' enrollment fees in the ''Industrial Science and Technology” field, the creation of new technical schools and the strengthening of existing systems. The Government also focused on the large-scale recruitment of teachers, training and capacity building of teachers, development of traditional learning to improve skills acquired in the informal sector, and further, made additional offers of technical and vocational training.  

Between 2006 and 2013, the gross enrollment rate for primary education rose from 93% to 121%; underlining the efforts made by Benin to the field of education. Gender parity has also almost been reached. In the same period, Benin’s school completion rate increased from 65% to 77%; meaning that the country is on its way to achieving "primary Education for All". 

These results have been achieved through the construction of 8,142 classrooms and the operation of 2064 school canteens at 28% of public elementary schools. This has benefited 643,641 students, or 37% of primary school students. Further, 9,986 primary school teachers were recruited and 10,093 trained. 

The improvements to general secondary education reflect the influx of students from primary education, thanks to free tuition and additional tuition support for girls. Between 2006 and 2013, 12,356 secondary education teachers were recruited.

Benin has also developed a dual training system; which complements the training of apprentices in Vocational Training Centers with the institutionalization of a national exam called the'' Certificate of Professional Qualification'' (Certificat de Qualification Professionelle).

Substantial investments have been made in education, both by the Government and its technical and financial partners, through the Ten Year Plan for the Development of Education. Public spending on education increased from 16.5% in 2006 to 27% in 2013, with the projected target being 20%. 

To support these developments, Benin plans to continue its efforts in increasing the education budget. This will not only improve access to secondary schools and training institutions but also the quality of learning and equity at all levels of education.

Watch the remarks made by Professor Fulbert Amousouga Gero, Minister at the Office of the President, at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'.

 

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