With a population of 7.8 million, half of which is under 18 years old, access to education is vital for this country. Despite a regular economic growth since the 1990s a third of the people of Benin still live with less than one dollar per person and per day.
Difficult access to quality education
According to UNICEF, only one of three girls of school age is going to school. The offer remains insufficient in relation to the demand: lack of school rooms, furniture, learning material and teachers, more than half of them are unqualified. Many parents have difficulties paying the school equipment and the uniforms for their children.
In 2016, only 16% of the pupils passed the BEPC exam (end of secondary school) on a national level. This poor result underlines the importance of the problem concerning the quality of teaching.
Since January 2014 ASED has been working with the Life for All Foundation (Fondation Vie pour Tous), with a purpose of allowing everybody in North Benin to get a good education.