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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.









Public elementary school of Aïtchédji, Ward of Aïtchédji, District Abomey-Calavi Center, Community of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin

Aïtchédji is a ward in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi in the administrative district of Abomey-Calavi Center. The municipality of Abomey-Calavi is located in the department of Atlantique in southern Benin. The administrative district of Abomey-Calavi Center has about 150,000 inhabitants. In Aïchédji today there are about 2,480 inhabitants including about 1,100 children and adolescents. The population feeds on small craft and trade. Some people commute to Cotonou to earn their living there.

The public elementary school of Aïtchédji was founded in 2009 and registered under the number 2009 N ° 003MEMP / MEF / DC / SGM / DP of 31.12.2009. In 2009, the village close to the town of Calavi was still very small. People from the vast city of Cotonou wanted to escape the dust and noise of the city and settled with their families in Aïtchédji. At that time the place was still called Seme Aïtchédji Makinsa. This was the name of the first school founded here. In year 2009, when the school opened its doors, only 15 children enrolled. 9 years later, the number of students has increased to 411. The existing classrooms made of solid material have become too small. The Ministry of Primary Education has therefore decided to open a Group B. In this school year, 39 children attend the first grade of group B. Noteworthy is the high proportion of girls in all classes of the school. Of the 411 children of group A, 209 are girls, and of the 39 first grade children of group B 22. The children of group B are housed in a palm branch shelter. The mayor of the municipality of Abomey-Calavi has asked us to construct a building holding three classrooms, an office, and a storeroom for this fast-growing school.

The inhabitants of the village of Aïtchédji are very aware of the waste problem and have been heavily involved in keeping the ward clean. Each week, it's the turn of another group of residents to keep the streets and public spaces clean and appealing. The PTA of the school asked if we could help them with a sensitization on waste separation. In order to support this strong initiative, we propose to carry out such a sensitization together with the PTA of the school and the ward council.