As usual, the
selection meeting found it difficult to choose between three very good
proposals; at the first vote no one proposal had an overall majority.
On the second vote between top two, the proposal from Friends of
Bonou was a clear winner.
of Bonou: Dangbo Educational Project, Bénin, West Africa
the largest town in the Bonou region and is where the young people from
Bonou attend secondary school. The town has a population of
70,000 and is an agricultural area whose main products are palm oil,
vegetables and fishing. Dangbo provides the capital, Porto-Novo, with
the majority of its fish and vegetables. There are 56 primary schools
in Dangbo that feed into the Lycée (secondary school), in
addition to the rural primary schools like Bonou. One of the UN
Millennium Development Goals is for all African countries to achieve
universal primary education by 2015. Bénin is actively
pursuing the goal but the democratic government is struggling due to
poor infrastructure (buildings in particular) and a lack of resources
(teachers and learning materials). Parents do supplement where
they can; but without basic textbooks it will be some time before all
Bénin’s children receive the full education they are
The Friends of Bonou, in partnership with the Dangbo local
government and the parents, would like to improve the educational
opportunities of the pupils of the 56 primary schools and of the
students of the Dangbo Lycée by supporting the provision of the
above items we are actively pursuing the development of a working link
with a local Secondary school here in England with the aim of enriching
and enhancing the curriculum of both schools with global themes,
raising cultural awareness, sharing sporting interests and providing
professional development opportunities for staff.
- Primary school textbooks
- Construction/fitting-out of a new library for Dangbo Lycée
purchase and maintenance of a photocopier to enable the school to
reproduce worksheets and learning materials for the students.
purchase of additional resources to support the development of the
library – e.g. books – text and reference, paper etc.
can be downloaded by clicking on doc, or
like a printed copy of the full proposal, please phone or email Clive Rodgers
Vetta (739071), or Brenda Groth (739229).
Friends of Bonou now has a
web site, at http://www.friendsofbonou.org
Friends of Bonou Newsletters: archive, No 19, No 20.