Capacity Development of Education Authorities (ProEduc II) – Component: Basic and Advanced Training

The Republic of Benin’s education policy is based on the objectives of the United Nations Education for All programme. It aims to offer improved primary education and greater equality of opportunity for all children by 2015.

Considerable progress was made in giving children access to the education system. Enrolment rates for primary schools and lower secondary schools have risen dramatically, with the number of students increasing by 200% between 2006 and 2010. However, the quantitative development impacted negatively on both quality and internal efficiency of the education system.

The education authorities are responsible for carrying out tasks in key areas such as school inspection, educational quality development, teacher training and in-service training, as well as in educational administration and planning. But they face problems of an organisational and institutional kind as much as in equipment and staff-related issues, which severely restricts their ability to take action.

To improve the efficiency of government education authorities in school inspection, school administration and curriculum planning the project intervened on several levels.  

The project monitored and supported Benin’s national education sector strategy. Key partners were the education authorities at municipal level and the Ministry of Preschool and Primary Education at national level. To enable the project to be rolled out nationwide, the project also involved provincial education authorities at regional level. In order to increase the capacity of education authorities in areas such as school inspection, school administration and educational planning, the project also took into account aspects of staffing and cooperation as well as organisational and institutional issues. These included the qualitative improvement and optimisation of work processes and procedures, the specification of staff training requirements and the implementation of specific training measures and advisory services for the municipalities.

Results :

  • 56 schools were capacitated to improve their performance in school inspection, school development and education

  • teachers' presence, especially at the start and end of the school year, has increased significantly

  • service catalogue was developed, for better professional advice of the municipalities by school authorities

  • the functionality of the co-operating school boards on the administrative level and in pedagogical inspection was strengthened

  • new teaching methods in mathematics were introduced

  • cooperation among education stakeholders at the local level was enhanced 

  • complete and reliable statistics and data were provided in time

  • overall educational planning was improved.

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Time span
2011 – 2016       

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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