Literacy & Education in Benin

Education programs for children and adults alike can improve all aspects of life in epicenter communities.

Epicenter communities operate a preschool for young children, often providing their only nutritious meal per day. Sixteen of the epicenters in Benin have preschool programs. The one-meal-per-day program works partially to ensure a nutritious meal for the children and promote healthy growth and partially to encourage parents to bring their children to the preschool. The average epicenter preschool capacity is about 51 and the average enrollment is 59. And while children are educated, mothers have more time for their own education and income-generating activities.

The community also hosts and provides Functional Adult Literacy/Numeracy classes in the schoolroom. Twelve of Benin’s epicenters offer adult literacy courses, and in total there are 360 such courses taught across the country. Literacy and numeracy classes allow partners to become more independent and confidently make business deals on their own.

Two of the epicenters, Akapadanou and Wawata have information technology centers, and several other epicenters have computers.