The higher education system in Benin is facing several challenges, including insufficient infrastructure, equipment, and financial resources. In addition, over-populated amphitheaters hamper the quality if learning in many institutions.
The objective of the "eLearning Benin" project is to increase the awareness of teachers and students about the wealth of educational resources (e.g. MOOCs) available digitally --- educational resources through which Beninese students in higher education could improve and develop competitive skills in preparation for local and international labor markets.
In this context, the project team held working sessions during the month of June 2015 with representatives from a number of public and private higher education institutions, to discuss educational needs or gaps, and identify the subjects and courses that could be enriched with MOOCs and other online educational resources.
On August 27, 2015, the project team will hold a one-day workshop in the Benin Marina Hotel to discuss lessons learned and the path forward. The workshop will bring together professors, students, representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Secondary Education, as well as observers from UNESCO, the Center for Distance Learning in Benin, the US and French Embassies in Benin, and additional civil society actors.
The eLearning Benin Project is a winning project from the 2015 Youth Innovation Fund. The Youth Innovation Fund provides young employees at the World Bank Group with an opportunity to design and implement projects focusing on innovation, efficiency and impact on youth development in client countries.