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2010.05.24

* UNICEF Supports Child Education In Benin
* 시간: 02 min 54 secs
* 촬영도시: Bembéréké
* 촬영국가: Benin
* 촬영일자: 01 Dec 2009


Mrs Tamou Kpageno, a farmer, is mother of five children under ten-years-old. The community-supported school allows her to send her preschoolers to school along with her older children, while she works in the fields.


SOUNDBITE (Baatonum) Tamou Kpageno, Women's School Group member
"We women organize ourselves to make money to send our children to school I hope my children will be good teachers, or good policemen, and that some of them even travel and become successful".


Bembereke school shows how parents, teachers and government can ally with partners to overcome many of the barriers that keep children, especially girls, out of school.


The headmaster, Saka Jonas, has been at helm for eight years. In that time he has won the trust of the community and they have rewarded him with a new house and the promise of a motorbike.


This is hefty bonus in a country where teacher's salaries are low and conditions make it hard to retain qualified teachers.


SOUNDBITE (French) Saka Jonas, Bembéréké School Headmaster
"Here in Benin, most of the parents are uneducated and don't know how to read and write but they want to know how the child is performing in school. With the help of this form, we have a very close relationship with the parent."


A presidential decree in 2006 made primary school free, allied with a campaign to promote girls education, have realized a massive increase of enrolment for girls from 35 per cent in 1990 to 84 per cent in 2005.


There are other creative schemes to keep girls in school. Older girls like eleven year old Elaire Gama volunteer to be a Big Sister, and early every morning each one fetches her three younger village "sisters". The older girls have taken on the responsibility to safely bring the youngsters to school.


SOUNDBITE (French) Elaire Gama, eleven-years-old
"When I have finished washing, I check if my girls have finished washing. If they have, we go to school together. The other students respect us and they look up to us as if we were teachers."


Bembéréké primary school benefits from a community-led initiative, and has demonstrated the success of involving everyone - from the Mayor to children. The efforts to educate parents on the importance of schooling means there
are now have more girls in school than boys.


The challenge, however, continues -- currently only one out of two of these children will complete primary school.


Benin shows it truly takes a community to educate a c

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