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Sexual Reproductive Health And Rights: Now integrated in teacher training in Benin
04 September 2018
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights implemented by CINOP in Benin Teacher training to ensure true behavioral change in future teacher cohorts.
Benin, a country with an extremely young population, where primary and secondary education is troubled by issues such as teen-pregnancies, prostitution of minors, sexual violence, and lack of acknowledgement of womens rights, etc.
Such problems are part of the policy priorities of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRGR) of the Dutch Development cooperation. SRGR signifies that everybody has the rights to practice fun and safe sex and that people have the right to determine whether they want to have children or not.
The Netherlands has set the goal in her bilateral cooperation with Benin to stimulate SRGR in order to ensure that aforementioned issues will decrease in the country.
Here CINOP has been selected to execute the project NICHE/BEN/230 ‘’Renforcement des Ecoles Normales Supérieures et des Ecoles Normales d’Instituteurs’’. Within a consortium CINOP cooperates with two Dutch partners Rutgers and Le Grand Cru to implement SRGR in the curriculum of 6 primary teacher institutes and 3 higher education teacher training courses within two universities. The 6 primary teacher training institutes are part of the ministry of primary education (MEMP), whilst the 3 teacher courses at the university are part of the ministry of higher education and scientific research (MESRS). These two ministries are highly involved with the project.
CINOP and her subcontractors have guided the Benin parties in the development of two SRGR modules that will be adapted into existing curricula of 9 institutes. What makes these newly developed models so special is that they do not only focus on the cognitive aspect, as has previously been the case. The modules are developed in such a way that there is an extensive focus on behavioral change. Following SRGR classes has to lead to behavioral changes of the new cohort of primary school teachers and secondary school teachers. Besides the development of the models, staff members were also trained in teaching SRGR to teachers that are still following their education.