Photos taken in Fulani villages of Youroukou and Alfakoara, North Benin.
Sedentary for less than a century, the Fulani of North Benin have come from bordering countries – here, from Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
This generation is the first to warm the benches of the school. In this place kids will discover the things vital to their integration in the world but also to their freedom. If the alphabetization of the Fulani contributes majorly to their social inclusion, it is even more crucial for young girls.
Their access to education pushes away forced and precocious marriages and potentially reduces birth rates – a Fulani woman has 10 children on average.
With every young girl that goes to school, there is hope her child will one day get that chance.