Benin

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Lower middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

31% (UNFPA, 2023)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

2,120,951 (UIS, 2022)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

2,048,045 (UIS, 2022)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

31%

Source: UNSDG , 2018

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

108

Source: UN Human Development Reports , 2016

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

27%

Source: DHS , 2018

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

84%

Source: DHS , 2018

Education Snapshot Back to Top

Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

6

Source: UIS , 2022

Percentage of upper secondary schools providing life skills-based HIV and sexuality education within the formal curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities

No data available

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities Percentage of schools

  • Lower secondary 78%

    (2022)

  • Upper secondary 83%

    (2022)

Source: UIS

Women as a percentage of teachers in tertiary education Women as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2018

Men as a percentage of teachers in pre-primary education Men as a percentage

Source: UIS , 2022

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS , 2023

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

  • Female 47%

  • Male 44%

Female: UIS, 2014

Male: UIS, 2019

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

  • Female 20%

  • Male 19%

Female: UIS, 2019

Male: UIS, 2019


Experiencing bullying in the last 12 months in lower secondary education

  • Female 52%

  • Male 47%

Female: UNESCO, 2016

Male: UNESCO, 2016

Youth not in education, employment or training

  • Female 41%

  • Male 29%

Female: ILO, 2018

Male: ILO, 2018


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 44%

  • Male 51%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 13%

  • Male 25%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 5%

  • Male 12%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 35%

  • Male 28%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school
  • Female 47%

  • Male 36%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school
  • Female 66%

  • Male 50%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Legal Frameworks Back to Top

Presence of legislation on child protection, to prevent corporal punishment in schools

5

Protection from corporal punishment and all violence, including psychological, physical and sexual violence, in educational institutions

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation protecting the right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender

1

Does not enshrine right to education

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Presence of legislation to protect and facilitate education of pregnant adolescent girls

2

No explicit protection of the right to education of pregnant and parenting girls

Source: HerAtlas , 2019

Existence of processes to support coordinated action on gender equality in and through education by ministries, civil society, youth organizations and other actors

Data coming soon!

Existence of systematic processes to review and update curricula and learning resources, with a view to eradicating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Data coming soon!

Training on gender-responsive pedagogies is embedded in teacher training programmes

Data coming soon!


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Transforming Education Summit National Statement of Commitment Back to Top