African Parks offers school furniture and kits to ten schools bordering the W


As usual, African Parks with the support of its partners, donated furniture and school kits to ten (10) schools in the outlying communes of the two National Parks of W-Benin and Pendjari in this school year. 2021-2022. These are the Thuy EPPs in the commune of Kandi, Torozougou in Malanville, Karimama Center in Karimama and Yaboussou in Banikoara on behalf of the W-Benin park and the Kabongourou, Firou, Djoléni, Séri, Ouroufina and Gori EPPs in the municipalities of Kérou and Kouandé with regard to the Pendjari National Park. The rebate sessions took place in October 2022.

The donations consisted of school kits including notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, real designers, slates, boxes of white and colored chalk, rags, flat rulers, etc. Teaching materials: French and mathematics textbooks for CM1 and CM2 classes of geometric instruments; dictionaries and sports equipment.

These various donations respond to the heartfelt cries of the beneficiary schools. “We are at a very tough time and the student’s parent needs precious help. I’m not sure that 20% of parents manage to buy books for their children,” said Adam AMAMOUSSE, President of the Parents’ Association of EPP Thuy in the commune of Kandi. . To this reality is added the lack of school furniture to enable learners to study in adequate conditions. According to Yaya IDRISSOU, director of the EPP Kabongourou and spokesperson for the beneficiaries of the commune of Kérou, sitting comfortably is very difficult for schoolchildren. “In any classroom here, the children are six (06) to eight (08) to sit on the same bench table,” he said, showing his gratitude to African Parks.

School Directors and Presidents of Parents’ Associations have made a commitment to make good use of the teaching materials received. The schoolchildren, for their part, are so happy to see their schools equip themselves with these materials that they promise to work better at the school to meet the expectations of donors and their parents. “We sincerely thank you for the gift of teaching materials that you are giving us. We are committed to giving good results at the end of the year and to being among the best students in Benin,” said Akimou BOURAÏMA, student in CM2 class and spokesperson for the Primary School Beneficiaries. public of Torozougou in the municipality of Malanville.

A total of 261 schoolchildren benefited from these school kits and other sports equipment in four schools bordering the W-Benin National Park for the 2022-2023 school year. As for the Pendjari National Park, 70 tables and benches and 400 mathematics and French textbooks were offered to six schools on the outskirts of the Pendjari National Park for an amount of 3,850 US dollars for the benefit of 750 beneficiaries.

The schools bordering the National Parks of W-Benin and Pendjari show lackluster results at the end of each school year. The objective of these donations is therefore to improve the quality of teaching and academic results in the schools bordering the two parks. It is right that the presidents of the Parents’ Association and the District Chiefs have welcomed the initiative and are encouraging African Parks and its partners to do more.

In ensuring the sustainable management of the protected areas under its mandate, African Parks’ fundamental objective is to make them ecologically, socially and economically viable for the well-being of people and wildlife.

African Parks is a Non-Governmental Organization that assumes full responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with Governments and local communities. It currently manages 22 protected areas in 12 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Chad, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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December 30, 2022 by Judicaël ZOHOUN

African Parks offers school furniture and kits to ten schools bordering the W-Benin and Pendjari parks