Education  Benin Project #36763

Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education

by Fondation Graines de Paix
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education
Empower 100,000 children in Benin with Education

Dear followers,

During the first months of the year, the Graines de Paix’s team worked on the design of new pedagogical activities. All documents were finalized in time for the training in the south of the country: the Trainer Guide to be used by the educational advisors to train the teachers; the Educational Kit to be used by the trained teachers with the beneficiary children; the Trainer Guide for social workers; a Picture Set for awareness-raising with the beneficiary communities. The field training was about to start on March 17th. Unfortunately, our trainers could not reach Benin because of the Covid-19 crisis. The activity had to be rescheduled.

As we could only do office works during this period, our team focused on the preparation of the other training planned in the north of the country. The training aims to prevent violence in education at primary level. The objective of this component of the project is to foster a more inclusive school system with less dropout. It addresses the drivers of radicalization and violent extremism.

We hope that it will be possible to deliver both trainings to advisors and social workers, in the south and the north, in September 2020. These beneficiaries will then be able to train teachers and their communities according to the project objectives and within the planned timeframe. However, there are still many uncertainties about the international context.

We thank you for your interest and your support! We could not do it without the Graines de Paix community. Please stay informed about Graines de Paix's activities on our Facebook page and visit our Webpage.

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Dear followers,

Thanks to the workshops held in 2019 we could gather enough information about the context as to develop an adapted training program. This program was approved by the partners authorities from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Affairs

During the last three months the Graines de Paix’s team worked hard on the conception of the new pedagogical activities. Our experts in Geneva collaborated closely with their colleagues in Benin to design the experiential activities to be conducted during the training and then in the classrooms. The activities are constructed  to develop the expected peace skills for the teachers, their students and the community at large. Our graphic designer and illustrator are busy, preparing the educational tool, considering the continuous feedback from the field.

Four documents are in the process of being finalized: the Trainer Guide that will be used by the educational advisors to train  the teachers  ; the Educational Kit to be used by the trained teachers with the beneficiary children ; the Trainer Guide for social workers ; a Picture Set for awareness raising with the beneficiary communities. These resources will soon be ready and available for the field training that are planned to start on March 17th.

In collaboration with the partner ministries, the Graines de Paix team in Benin has already started the recruitment of 20 pedagogical counselors and 20 social workers who will be involved in the first batch of training.

We are excited to see that the key period of the first field training is now very close, and we look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Thank you for your interest and support! We could not do it without the Graines de Paix community. Please stay informed about Graines de Paix's activities on our Facebook page and visit our Webpage.

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Empowerment Through Education in Benin - Q4 2019
By Rasem Draou - International Projects Assistant

 

 

Dear followers,

Many thanks for your continuous support and interest. As you might have noticed, Graines de Paix has been very active over the last two months in Benin.

 

On September 18 and 19, Graines de Paix held two workshops in Lokossa, a city located in the South-East area of the country. The discussions and activities were undertaken with the participation of senior representatives of the Ministry of Pre-School and Primary Education and addressed mainly the implementation of our projects in the Southern region of the country (Departments of Atlantic and Littoral). This project, which aims to promote and improve the quality of pre-school education as well as to reduce violence against children in school settings in these departments, has already started.

These workshops were an opportunity to better define the list of competences and skills that will have to be integrated within the teaching programmes, which will, in turn, complement the current national curriculum. Practical and experiential activities were conducted in order to provide the participants with an overview of the teaching methods elaborated and promoted by Graines de Paix. We have also established that private schools should also be integrated into our project, as our reach and impact would be more significant. We have been received by his Excellence Salimane Karimou, Minister of education, and the members of his cabinet.

  

On November 15, Mr. Christophe Viltard, our Project Manager, went back in order to host with the local team of Graines de Paix Benin a workshop in Kandi (the Northern department of Alibori). If the intervention in September addressed the implications of the project in Atlantic and Littoral regarding pre-school education, this one tackles instead the issue of the quality of primary education. The objective of these workshops was to validate the Theory of Change for this specific project, as well as to have a better contextual understanding of the problematics and stakes in this region of the country. This will help us to define the most appropriate strategy and response to the challenges posed by the specific conditions and circumstances of the Northern region of the country. Finally, the partnership with Educo, a Spanish organization working to improve the quality of education in Benin, is currently being finalized and will soon be officially formalized.

The next weeks and months will see the launch of our sensitization campaign aiming parents and communities in the Southern region, as well as the training of pedagogic counselors, teachers, educators and social animators.

Stay tuned for our next activities ahead!

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Dear supporters,

Summer has been productive over at Graines de Paix!

Read our latest news since the last report:

- In June and July, our Benin team carried out a needs analysis, visiting preschool teachers and social workers, to determine what skills should be strengthened through Graines de Paix trainings.

- Based on the results of the needs analysis, a core repository of skills was produced to regroup the necessary competences for all educators (parents, teachers, communtiy workers etc). Additionnally, a specific repository was produced to look at specific parental skills that can facilitate child development. 

- From August 10-14th, Graines de Paix staff travelled to Cotonou with one main objective: to validate our parental education training program. A workshop was organized with representatives from the Minsitry of Social Affairs, with social workers, community leaders, children representatives and preschool practitioners. Participants were introduced to Graines de Paix's parental education program and amended the different skills' repositories to better fit local priorities and concerns.

- On August 10th, interviews were held for the position of Community project officer. Mrs Valérie Idossou was identified for the position. Our new Graines de Paix member accompanied the office to Grand Popo and assisted with the workshop. 

In September, Graines de Paix will be back in Benin to validate our preschool training program with local education authorities. The finalized skills' repositories and suggested operational strategies will allow us to design and test our training modules.

Thank you once more for your support! We could not do it without the Graines de Paix community.

Stay informed about Graines de Paix's activities on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and visit our webpage.

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Validation of our project methodology in Bohicon
Validation of our project methodology in Bohicon

Dear supporters, 

Graines de Paix is laying the groundwork to ensure quality education and prevent violence in Benin!

Read what we have been up to since the last report:

- March and April were dedicated to forming the local Graines de Paix Bénin team: we identified candidates for the positions of Training Expert, Pedagogical Resources Expert and Logistics and Finance Officer 

- From 6-14th April, Graines de Paix staff travelled from Geneva to Cotonou with two objectives: to deliver an introductory training to our local staff and to validate our project methodology (theory of change) with the national and regional authorities. The validation process ensures that the project is appropriate for the Beninese context and responds to local needs.

- From April 10-12th, a workshop was organized, bringing together representatives from the Ministry of Preschool and Primary Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Federation of Parent's Associations to validate our project methodology. The Minister of Preschool and Primary Education expressed his enthusiasm for the project. 

-Graines de Paix met with the Swiss Cooperation Agency in Cotonou and with representatives of UNICEF Education in Benin to discuss future technical and financial partnerships. 

- Our delegation was received by the Secretary General of the Government of Benin, elected to the newly constituted National Council of Education. The CNE will centralize the governance of education in Benin.

- In May, Graines de Paix will advocate for peace education in communities at the International Family Day (Journée Internationale de la Famille JIFA). The event, held on May 24th, addresses the theme of family dialogue. 

Over the next months, we will focus on integrating our education contents into the preschool and primary teaching programmes to build the foundation of our teacher trainings. We are in the process of signing a convention with the Ministry of Social Affairs and interviewing social workers to design parental education resources that will complement our work in formal education. 

Thank you once more for your support! We could not do it without the Graines de Paix community. Stay informed about Graines de Paix's activities on our facebook page and visit our webpage.

Graines de Paix Benin: Cecile, Arielle and Debora
Graines de Paix Benin: Cecile, Arielle and Debora

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Fondation Graines de Paix

Location: Geneva - Switzerland
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Christophe Viltard
Geneva, Switzerland

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