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WHO ARE WE

Echelle–Bénin is a non-profit student empowerment organization registered in the Republic of Benin (West Africa). It was founded by a group of Benin citizens, most of whom live in the United States. It is supported by a network of volunteers from around the world.

We strive to be a ladder of success for students and their communities.

With your support, we pledge to:

  • Make education attractive to students in Benin to help reduce school dropout rates
  • Make education a tool for students in Benin to succeed in life
  • Turn education into a tool of prosperity for communities in Benin

Our Vision

Our Vision

We envision the youth in Benin to be empowered and inspired to both succeed in life ….

Our Mission

Our Mission

We coach, mentor, and sponsor students in Benin, especially in underserved communities…

Our Label

Our Label

We offer a paradigm shift, moving away from the limited power of the handout …

Our Motto

Our Motto

Serving as a ladder of success to the younger generation is an indispensable …

Our Goal

“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”

— Barbara Bush

What Transformation Do We Want to Create in Benin?

Half the population in Benin still live with less than $2 a day. This is partly due to a large gap between the tools provided by the formal education system and the skills needed by individuals and communities to prosper. Opportunities to transition from school to professional employment are rather scarce, a fact we are committed to change.

Education-Employment Gaps

Only 35% of children in Benin are likely to finish middle school.

Only 7% (4% in rural areas) will graduate from high school.

Only 1 in 10 secondary schools in the public system teach practical knowledge to their students.

The educational curriculum in Benin does not teach values and subjects such as volunteerism, community development, civic engagement, and leadership.

93% of students who get a job after leaving the education system are likely to be employed in the informal sector, with no legal protection, no healthcare coverage, and no retirement plan.
Beninese people who manage to succeed in life rarely organize to give back to their communities, thus perpetuating a cross-generational cycle that holds back individuals and communities.

Meet Our Founders

Ichola Djivede Coovi
Ichola Djivede Coovi
Snr. Regional Security Officer
Silvère Tovignan
Silvère Tovignan
Associate Professor

Université de Parakou (Benin)

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Adiath Baguidi Lokoto
Adiath Baguidi Lokoto
Doctoral Candidate

Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin)

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Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe
Oumarou Abdoulaye Balarabe
Higher Education Scholar

Ohio University (USA)

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Léonce Gamaï
Léonce Gamaï
Journalist and CEO of Banouto (Benin)
Mountala Ogbe, CPA
Mountala Ogbe, CPA
Financial Controller

GKN Aerospace St. Louis (USA)

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Sètondji Roland Adjovi
Sètondji Roland Adjovi
Assistant Professor

Arcadia University (USA)

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Juste Codjo, Ph.D.
Juste Codjo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

New Jersey City University (USA)

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Echelle-Benin is a Non-Profit Organization based in Benin. We focus on empowering students to succeed in life and get engaged in their communities.

We guide and support our students as they develop projects that address social and environmental problems in their communities.

Latest Updates

Our executive team and our volunteers are working around the clock to plan the execution of 2 projects for summer-fall 2020

Summer 2020 Excellence Awards

A total of 350 students and 25 teachers to be recognized

Involving 18 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school across several rural communities in Benin.

Fall 2020 Training

August-September: Workshops to train 10 coaches

October: Training of our first student cohort starts. Meetings occur on weekends through the academic year.

What Do We Intend to Achieve in Benin?

What Do We Intend to Achieve in Benin?

Strengthen the connection between education, employment, community development, and economic prosperity in Benin.

We expect our personal development training and mentorship programs to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed in life. As our students succeed, they will inspire others.

Our early focus on leadership and social activism will inspire students to see themselves as future leaders who are committed to building an empowered, educated, and innovative Benin.

The social entrepreneurship training and the sponsorship programs will equip the “Ladder Community” (our students, coaches, mentors, sponsors, and other stakeholders) with the conviction needed to think beyond the self to strengthen their own communities. By coaching our students to develop social projects and networking opportunities, we expect our programs to improve the socioeconomic conditions in the communities involved.

We expect the success of our model to inspire the government to integrate our after-school programs into the formal education system. Doing so would ultimately make education more attractive and productive in Benin.

The job shadowing and internship opportunities will help improve the quality of our graduates as prospective employees in the private sector.

Carré N° 19435 Gbétagbo Akassato, Benin

Echelle-Benin serves as a ladder of success to students and their communities.
Our U.S.-based office is in New Jersey

Call Us: +1 785-341-6796 / WhatsApp: +1 785-477-7007

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