Education in Benin

Drawing on the country’s development objectives laid out in the “Vision Bénin Alafia 2025” and approved by the Government in June 2018, the new Education Sector Plan (ESP) for 2018-2030 highlights the government's vision that: "In 2030, Benin's education system ensures that all learners, without distinction, have access to the skills, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that will make them full-blown/fulfilled, competent and competitive citizens able to ensure economic growth, sustainable development and national cohesion".

The country’s education priorities are based on the policy options and principles mentioned in the sector plan, with particular emphasis on the implementation of the new architecture of the education system:

  1. Implementing a 12-year universal basic education cycle in line with the universal right to education (SDG 4). This implies reforms and a better targeting of the educational offer for the benefit of boys and girls who are out of the school system.
  2. Develop a vocational training offer adapted to the needs of economic development in partnership with the private sector through diversifying training programs; increasing reception capacities and improving the performance of technical and vocational education and training; and professionalizing higher education.
  3. Improve the quality of teaching and learning by reforming the initial and continuing training of education sector actors, teachers, trainers and supervisors as well as administrative and guidance staff for all components of the education system.

Blogs and news

Children at So-Ava primary school near Cotonou, Benin. Credit: GPE /Chantal Rigaud
April 08, 2019
More than US$176 million approved in new grants to Benin, Burundi, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Uzbekistan.
GPE Partners
March 04, 2019
From Burkina Faso to Tajikistan, from Niger to Uganda, partners from ministries of education, grant agents, coordinating agencies and civil society give their views on the value that GPE brings to...
Participants at the constituency meeting in Cotonou, Benin. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
November 30, 2018
Representatives from GPE partner countries met in Benin over the past three days to prepare the upcoming Board meeting and exchange experiences and knowledge

Latest grant

A 3rd grade classroom at Saka primary school in Kandi, Alibori region, Benin

CREDIT: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
Development objective: Enhance the quality of teaching and learning in basic education, focusing on the early years of primary school, and improve equity in primary education
Grant agent:World Bank

The $19.4 million grant is to support the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning in basic education, focusing on the early years of primary school, and the improvement of equity in primary education, particularly in four departments: Alibori, Borgou, Collines and Zou.

The grant goes into a pooled fund called the Common Fund Budget (Fonds Commun Budgétaire - FCB), to which other partners may contribute. The program has 3 components:


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2019-2023 18,900,000 World Bank
2014-2018 42,300,000 42,030,538 World Bank Completion report
2008-2012 75,108,025 75,108,025 World Bank Completion report
Sector plan development 2016 428,794 Swiss Dev. Coop.
2012 56,200 38,034 World Bank
Program development 2018 200,000 World Bank  
  TOTAL 136,993,019 117,176,597    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Benin. Download this PDF to view the country’s progress on 16 results framework indicators monitored by the GPE Secretariat.


Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated April 05, 2019