Through BEF, over 550 students have stayed in school since 1998.
BEF provides scholarships and educational support to needy but promising students from rural Benin. Only primary school is free in Benin. Basic high school expenses exceed $150/year in a country where the average annual income is less than $700. About 50% of students drop out after primary school.
High School Impact: During the 2012-2013 school year, 188 high school students stayed in school thanks to BEF scholarships. Nearly 50% are girls. A typical scholarship costs $300/year and includes tuition and fees, supplies, uniforms, and books. We provide housing for students who must leave their villages to attend school. Students preparing national exams receive tutoring.
University Impact: Last year we supported 60 university students and plan to continue supporting them in 2014. All had received high school scholarships and excelled, so BEF decided to continue its support.
Primary School Impact: Our primary school program funded 1 teacher, lowering student-teacher ratios.
Support Beyond School Fees: Helping students succeed means more than just paying school fees. BEF provides housing for those who must leave their villages to attend school. We arrange preventative health care and treatment for illnesses. Local mentors advise our students on critical issues like nutrition and wellness, AIDS prevention, and reproductive health. Other programs include tutoring, sports, theater, English, technology, and training in entrepreneurship.