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Study Hall of Sokponta, Commune de Glazoué, Republic of Benin


Sokponta is the capital city in the district of Sokponta, which belongs to the community of Glazoué. The city of Glazoué is located north of Dassa-Zoume, which is about 209 km north of Cotonou and has about 100,000 inhabitants. The region is characterized by large rocks. At Dassa-Zoume the road leads straight on to Parakou, another road branches off to the west and continues past Savalou to the north past Djougou to Natitengou. Sokponta is located on the road leading north from Dassa-Zoume. Sokponta has about 6,200 inhabitants.

In Sokponta, there is a primary school with a total of 298 pupils (including 152 girls), a preschool with 94 children (49 girls), and a secondary school with 742 pupils (327 girls). The parents live from agriculture (cotton, maize, cassava, etc.). Many children don’t have schoolbooks to review or prepare their lessons and to do homework.

For this reason, local leaders visited our NPO "Ecole de Solidarité" and asked for the construction of a study hall where the pupils would find all necessary books, do homework, and prepare for the examinations.

In 2010, we established a similar learning center in the Asohoue Cada region, which is still being visited daily by the students of the region.


Public elementary school of Massé, Community of Glazoué, Republic of Benin


Massé is a lost village in the district of Thio, which belongs to the municipality of Glazoué. The city of Glazoué, the central town of the municipality of Glazoué, is located north of Dassa-Zoume, which is about 209 km north of Cotonou and has about 100,000 inhabitants. The region is characterized by large rocks. At Dassa-Zoume the road continues straight ahead to Parakou, another road branches off to the west and continues via Savalou north past Djougou to Natitengou. We take the road leading to Parakou and about 6 kilometers beyond the town of Glazoue, a red clay road turns left. The road passes through farmland and bush land past several villages until after 12 kilometers Massé is reached. The village of Massé has about 700 inhabitants.

On 31 December 2009, the creation of the public elementary school was approved by the State of Benin under the number 003 / MEMP / MEF / DC / SGM / DPP / SP. In this elementary school a total of 298 pupils (including 152 girls) are registered. The parents have built a building of red clay covered with corrugated iron sheets for two classes. A second building was begun, but could not be completed until today due to lack of funds.

There are no toilets.

For this reason, the village chief spoke to our partner association "Ecole de Solidarité" and asked for the construction of a solid school building and toilets for the children of his village. We promised to visit the school.

At 5 o'clock in the morning we made our way to Glazoué and arrived at 9:30 o'clock. There we were met by a representative of the village, who led us to Massé. Our visit coincided with the “return to school” activities after the long vacations. In Benin, one week before regular classes start, one day is reserved for cleaning the school premises. Students come to school to cleanse the school yard from plants that have spread during the holidays. In Massé parents also participated and helped their children. Since the climate is entering the small rainy season, parents brought mango and orange seedlings to school, planted them and provided them with bite protection made of twigs. The joy about our arrival was very big.

We explained the reason for our visit, introduced our association and briefly discussed our way of working. The parents and other villagers who came running were very happy and promised to do everything in their power to ensure fruitful cooperation.
 

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