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Exploring the Potential of eLearning in Benin
August 27-28, 2015Cotonou, Benin

The "eLearning Benin" project will conduct a one-day workshop in Cotonou, Benin, to discuss educational needs or gaps that could be enriched through the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other online educational resources, as well as share solutions for the future.

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.

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Workshop Agenda

Facilitators: Alphonse Kouagou, Yves Toudonou

8:00– 9:00


9:00 – 9:30   


9:30 –10:00  


Opening Remarks

Project Overview

10:00 – 12:00

Group Presentations:

Project proposals for eLearning in Benin  (8 groups, max 15 min each )

12:00 – 12:30


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Training / Learning Session

-          Share online materials (through WBG page)

-          Provide training/demonstration on how to use online and offline tools.

14:30 – 15:15


Theme:  Integrating Information Technology and e-learning in education

15:15 – 15:45



-          Leadership and Human Capital

-          What skills and what type of knowledge do young people need to have to compete in the global market

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break 

16:00 – 17:00

Discuss Next Steps

-          Monitoring and Controlling the Results of this project 

-          How will professors leverage e-learning resources to augment their existing curriculum in the upcoming academic year

-          What could be done to contribute to the success of this initiative? (professors, students, UNESCO, Government)


- Lessons Learned Plenary Session

17:00 – 17:45

Closing Remarks: Reflecting on the aim of the workshop and what was achieved. Immediate steps forward


Participant Survey (Assessment of workshop)


Certificate Ceremony

17:45 – 19:30

Cocktail Party

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    Exploring the Potential of eLearning in Benin
    • DATE: August 27, 2015
    • LOCATION: Benin Marina Hotel, Cotonou, Benin
    • TIME: 8 am - 7:30 pm WAT
    • CONTACT: Larissa Kougblenou-Siebens
    • lkougblenou@worldbankgroup.org