On January 26, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Benin in Cotonou to provide grant aid of up to 1.457 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Elementary Schools in the Department of Atlantic.
The project will increase the number of classrooms and provide classroom furnishings at elementary schools and pre-schools in Atlantic Department in the southern part of the country, so as to expand access to primary education, improve the learning environment, and contribute to a higher quality of education.
In the Government Action Programme of 2016–2021, the Government of Benin made improving the quality of education a field of focus, and has taken measures such as to make primary education free of charge and increase the number of classrooms, with the aim of expanding access to primary education and improving the learning environment. However, despite the government’s efforts, the learning environment has worsened due to a rapid increase in child enrollment and a rise in the number of students per classroom accompanying free primary education, making improvements in the learning environment one of the top priority issues for the government.
Atlantic Department, which is a bedroom community for neighboring Cotonou, the largest economic city in the country, has had a surge in population resulting in 65.9 students (2015/2016) per classroom, greatly exceeding the nationally set standard of 50. The Government of Benin has therefore designated the department as the highest priority area for additional classroom construction.
The project will construct 34 new primary schools (202 classrooms) in Atlantic Department, expanding access to primary education and improving the learning environment. Also, the project will construct two new pre-schools (eight classrooms) to expand access to pre-school education which improves the learning effects of primary education. Through these efforts, it is expected that more than 10,000 children will be learning in an educational environment that meets the national standards* within three years of the project completion.
* Number of students per classroom: 50 for primary schools, 26 for pre-schools
|Country||Republic of Benin|
|Project title||The Project for Construction of Elementary Schools in the Department of Atlantic|
|Planned implementation period||40 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Preschool and Primary Education|
|Target region, facilities||Atlantic Department|
|Specific project details (provisional)||1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Construction of 34 primary schools (202 classrooms) and two pre-schools (eight classrooms), construction of incidental facilities (principal’s rooms and lavatories), procurement of classroom furnishings (tables and chairs for students and teachers, other)
2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision.
As guidance in managing the facilities, technical instruction in operating and maintaining the schools and improving sanitation.