The “Centre de Formation Liweitari” (CFL) was founded in 2009 by the Swiss Heinrich Roth, who came to Benin together with his wife Elisabeth, who had formerly worked for many years as a nurse and midwife in the country, in order to build a center for seminars and recreation for pastors and missionnaries. Soon, the demand for professional vocational training for the indigenous youth was spotted and the CFL was created. Today, the center is managed by locals and the CFL provides to young persons from all over the country the possibility to learn a profession in various fields.
By now, the CFL is supported by two partner associations, the Verein Liweitari in Switzerland and the Freundeskreis Liweitari e.V. in Germany.
CFL is the abbreviation for Centre de Formation Liweitari, , i.e. training center Liweitari. Liweitari means “hill of peace” in the local language Ditamari. We aim to give an opportunity to young Africans to get a professionnal vocational training, regardless of their religion, social background or gender. The selection of the candidates is strictly based only on their capacities, not taking into considerations their financial means. The comprehensive training in different professions helps to ensure that the country has access to urgently needed well-trained workers and that each individual apprentice can take charge of his own life.
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The financing of the training consists of three pillars:
- A humble school fee (so that even applicants from poorer families can afford it)
- Sale of products and services (learn more)
- Local and foreign support from privat persons and organisations (above all from our partner associations in Switzerland and Germany)
The Centre Liweitari was created in 2004 as a location for ecumenic pastor seminars. Today, it is regularly used as a venue for seminars of spiritual education. Various round houses provide lodging for such purposes and can be rent on demand.
Centre de Formation Liweitari
The Centre de Formation Liweitari (CFL) offers the possibility of getting a professional vocational training to young people throughout all social classes. Thus, graduates can take their lives in their own hands and make an important contribution to the development of the country. High education standards are known and appreciated beyond the country.
Ecole Pratique d'Agriculture Liweitari
The agricultural school EPAL offers a comprehensive education in biological, sustainable farmin. During the training period the students learn how to maximize the crop yield thanks to ecological field cultivation. As a result, not only many peasants are helped but also the natural resources are strenghtened.
Ecole Primaire Liweitari
The primary school Liweitari (earlier “Amour de Dieu”), which is run by the CFL , guarantees that some hundreds of students, among which are many orphants, acquire sufficient basic knowledge in the most important subjects. By this, even the poorest learn reading and writing and are provided with the necessary knowledge for following professional education later in life.
The CFL is surely among the training centers with the best equipment in all Benin. We are working in all fields with a high number of good quality machines and tools, which enable us to work with high precision and to deliver progressive quality in both our work and our training. Some of our machines, devices and vehicles were provided by our partner associations in Switzerland and Germany and were imported by means of shipping containers. Thus, the equipment for our technical training is unique for the country. But not only our facilities for practice are nice. Our class rooms are equipped in a modern fashion, too. For some classes, even laptops are at disposition for the apprentices and the teaching material from Switzerland promises training according to high European standards.
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The CFL with its subordinated projects EPAL and EAD is situated in Natitingou, capital of the district Atacora in the northern part of Benin. We deliberately chose this location due to the lack of training in this area. We teach the necessary knowledge to reinforce the industry in the North of the country, which is by now nearly non-existant. By this, an essential contribution to the economic development in this poor region is created.
The West African country Benin with nearly 13 mio. inhabitants (as of 2020) and a surface of 114.763 square kilometres is among the poorest countries in the world. In the Humand Development Index of 2018 it is rankend 163th out of 189 countries in the list. There is still a huge amount of people living below the poverty line. Luckily, in great parts the provision with alimentation is not in extreme danger, but on average a citizen of Benin has to manage to live with 2.400 US$ (in purchase power parity) per year. Especially in the North, were the CFL is located, industrial structures are missing as well as complementary vocational training.
In terms of economics, the country is highly dependant on agricultre. Cotton is virtually the only culture planted for industrial purposes. The cultivation of basic foodstuffs like corn, millet and soy as well as fruits like mangos, ananas and bananas primarily serve to cover personal needs. Furthermore, trade with the neighbor states is highly important for Benin. For this, the port of Cotonou, which is the commercial center of the country, is used as trading center for the transport to the richer neighbor Nigeria and to the northern neighbor countries Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.
Benin is an indipendant state since 1960 and a presidential democracy has been established as governmental system. The official language is French.