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Empowering vulnerable girls with social and financial skills in Benin

Posted in News on November 8, 2021

In October, our partners Société d’Inclusion Financiére (SIF) held a National Project Kick Off in Benin for our project on Empowering vulnerable girls with social and financial skills.

Funded by the Nationale Postcode Loterij, this project aims to socially and economically empower an estimated 26,000 adolescent girls and boys in Senegal, Benin and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It will provide at least 3,000 adolescent boys and girls in Benin each year with the life skills and financial literacy necessary to make informed choices about their health, finances, and education.

Attended by multiple stakeholders, including representatives from national and governmental actors, this initiative falls under the Government Action Programme of President Patric Talon, and as part of their Millenium Development Goals agenda.

 

“This project is of great importance for all private and public initiatives around financial education in Benin, as well as for the long-term financial inclusion of all populations and particularly of young people,” a representative of the Minister of State in charge of Economy and Finance said.

 

Such attendance is important to the project, as a big part of the engagement will involve planned advocacy activities for more inclusive and gender-sensitive educational programmes. Thus, working with governmental institutions and stakeholders is central to the project’s success, and to guaranteeing the sustainable inclusion of life skills and gender-sensitive financial education elements in the national school curricula.

 

Watch the television coverage of the event here:

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