The “Centre de Formation Liweitari” (CFL) was founded in 2009 by the Swiss Heinrich Roth. Nowadays, the center is managed by locals and a famous address for good quality training in all of the country. To the CFL, it is important to offer the opportunity for training to members of all social classes and regardless of belonging to any tribe or religion and of sex. The youths are trained to be responsible, energetic persons, who spur the development of the country.

Training at the CFL


Finished training

  • Apprentices

Apprentices in training

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

We guarantee quality. Our training is guided by high standards and an excellent equipment. We ensure a good mixture of practice and theory so that every apprentice successfully completing his training will be a specialist in his field and can assume a leading role in an enterprise and in the economic development.

The CFL currently trains young people (the majority of our apprentices is between 16 and 25) in 5 sectors:

  • Masonry (since 2009)
  • Poly mechanics (since 2009)
  • Electrics (since 2014)
  • Car mechanics (since 2019)
  • Biological agriculture – EPAL (since 2019)

We deliberately chose these domains, as those are the ones with the highest demand in the country. By a proper masonry the quality of the often poor houses can be improved. Moreover, huge buildings for enterprises and other organisations have to be constructed, which are needed for growing the domestice economy. A further step is the provide the population with electricity to enable them a longer productive working. As a consequence, children will be able to even study in the evening hours. But not only the industry is reinforced by a covering electrification, but free time activites become more flexible, too. As well, it is indespensable for the country’s economy to be ensued with well-trained mechanics. Since the use of technical components and machines is already growing and will surely continue to do so, it is necessary to properly do mechanical work and processes like welding, turning, drilling, etc. Only in this way industry can develop and metal parts can be produced inside the country. Adding the training for car mechanics, we reacted to the increased number of vehicles on the streets of Benin. However, by now, the maintenance and service is of poor quality. At the CFL, the apprentices are taught to really remove defects in order to put the cars in to service again for many years. The training in biological agriculture aims to ensure a sustainable, reliable supply in food despite of a rapidly growing population and the climate change. Ecological cultivation not only increases crop yields, but also saves natural resources. It is also part of the project to strenghten water resources. Concluding, the CFL succeeds in participating in sustainably improving the country’s structures, while helping many youths to take charge of their lives and shape their futures. At the same time, nature and its resources are protected and preserved.


 1. Administration and class rooms
 2. Electrics
3. Metal construction (Poly mechanic)
4. Masonry
5. Machine room (Poly mechanic)
6. Car mechanic

 8.  Sanitation
 9.  Accommodation for male apprentices
10. Accommodation for female apprentices
11.  Apartment for supervisor
12.  Common room “Paillotte”
13.  Sports area


July 2008

An area of 8,500 square meters is acquired

January 2009

Start of the construction work

June 2009

Main building with workshop in shell construction

October 2009

Start of the first training for poly mechanics and masons

February 2012

The CFL is officially registered as NGO

January 2013

Workshop and apprentice accommodations are extended

October 2014

Start of the first training for electricians

February 2016

Signature of the Accord Cadre, the highest honour for non-governmental organisations in Benin

June 2016

The direction is passed to the long-time employee Michel Adimi

October 2019

Start of the first training for car mechanics and in biological agriculture (EPAL)

November 2019

Renewal of the Accord Cadre