World Education in Benin

For 28 years since our first project in Benin in 1994 engaging parental participation in education, World Education has been focused on improving the quality of and increasing access to education. 19 projects later, we’ve supported over 630 mothers’ associations, increased the retention of girls in school, combatted child trafficking, made education more accessible for children with disabilities, advocated for strengthening the education system, and more. By engaging the community, we’ve ensured that students have a network of support for learning both inside and outside the classroom.

What made me most proud in my work is to have been able, in an approach that is both collaborative and cooperative, to train teachers in lower grades in the principle of decodability and in the use of tools designed in this manner within the framework of the didactic transposition.” – Ludovic Couao-Zotti, Literacy Specialist

Through our most recent project, the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, we continued to engage communities, including through mothers’ associations, build the capacity of the education system, and improve student learning outcomes. In total, we reached 274 classrooms in 144 schools in 83 districts of Benin.




Higher quality education results from a higher performing education system. We trained teachers in teaching methodologies, building the developmentally-appropriate language, literacy, social, and emotional skills of students, and using effective classroom management and differentiation strategies. To minimize disruptions, we advocated for suspending teacher reallocations. At the national level, we applied our early grade reading and math assessments to track student performance, and created a monitoring department within the government to continue conducting assessments country-wide. We developed and introduced decodable books and a phonics-based learning approach to the national curriculum, and presented evidence for long-term education reform.

‘You do a lot for us.’ It is through this kind of expression that teachers show their appreciation for the work we do with them. I feel fulfilled to hear that.” – Ganiyatou Adeniyi, Program Manager

 I’m grateful to see the happy smile of a schoolboy/girl who is proud to have read their decodable book, their property, entirely on their own.” –Nadege Djitrinou Fagla, Program Director








Crucial to the sustainability of education initiatives is an engaged community that believes in the importance of education. We supported parent-teacher associations, radio broadcasts, listening groups, and opinion leaders to spread awareness of the importance of schooling, child protection, gender, nutrition, and more. Community story hours improved the listening and speaking skills of children, and community libraries made reading materials more accessible. Student mentors helped ensure girls had the support they needed to stay in school.

I really feel proud to have worked alongside these movements which have finally given voice to women, and to have been one of the pioneers of the establishment of AMEs in the Republic of Benin, AMEs that have now become the cornerstone of all structures involved in the education sector.” – Josué Ogouchina, Program Manager








I am proud of my work for two reasons:

  1. The strong collaboration with my superiors on the team.
  2. Our program allows teachers to monitor children in the classroom as well as parents at home.” – Luc Diogo, Chauffeur