Improving education quality in Benin
Benin is a country in west Africa that borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The capital is Porto Novo. It is one of the least developed countries in the world. The literacy level is among the lowest in the world. 42.5% of people older than 15 knows how to read and over half of women (56.1%) does not know how to read or write. The state lacks the resources to ensure that all children go to school and there is a great level of inequality in education between rural areas and cities. Only the children of families with financial means have the opportunity to receive quality education.
The aim of the project is to improve the level of education in the country. To this end, the congregation Esclavas de la Eucaristía is building a school for pre-school, primary, and secondary age children that can meet the education challenges of the 21st century and contribute to the aim of the project.
The school will be in the city of Adjarra, 10km from the country’s capital, Porto Novo. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and several small homes. Adjarra has a population of over 100,000 inhabitants.
The project has four stages and will be carried out between 2020 and 2028.
2020-21: Home, pre-school, 3 sisters
2021-22: Pre-school 2/3 classrooms, 50/70 pupils, 4-5 sisters, 3-4 aspirants
2022-23: Pre-school 5/6 classrooms, 120/140 pupils, 5 sisters, 8-10 aspirants
2023-24: Dining room/Kitchen, 5 sisters
2023-24: Pre-school/primary 1 block, 6 classrooms, 170 pupils, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
2024-25: Pre-school/primary, 8 classrooms, 240 pupils, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
Planning 50% – sports area, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
2025-26: Pre-school/primary 2nd block, 10 classrooms, 310 pupils, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
2026-27: Pre-school/primary, 12 classrooms, 380 pupils, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
2027-28: Pre-school/primary, 14 classrooms, 450, 5-6 sisters, 10-15 aspirants
Final works started in August 2020 with the clearing and cleaning of the land. Since then, the necessary ditches have been excavated, reinforced concrete footings, foundation walls in blocks fabricated in situ. Currently beams are being put in place around the perimeter of the finished ground supported on the foundation walls. All the buildings are being built simultaneously:
Pre-school, residence, farm, and access booth.
Over the course of 2021, the Foundation will finance the completion of the pre-school works, the residence for the sisters of the congregation, the farm, and the access booth.