SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School is a technical high school of art. It is recognized by the Ministry of Secondary Education and Vocational Training. The school is opened to everyone: Children participating to SOS programmes and others from outside who have graduated from primary school.

The SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School has two main fields:
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
And the following specialities
  • Textile
  • Graphics / Graphic Communication
  • Decoration
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Beat
  • Computer Aided Music (C.A.M)

The artistic training is supported by classical subjects such as: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, French, Marketing, Management, etc.

The objectives of ESMA are as follows:

Overall objective: contribute to the cultural dimension of development in Benin and Africa.

Specific objectives:
  • Provide specialized technical training in art
  • Train professionals who are capable of producing art work or services that meet functional and spiritual needs
  • Provide adequate balance between training and job
  • Promote the deep knowledge of the African traditions in fine arts and music.
  • Contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the Beninese and African artistic heritage

Future prospects for learners of the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School

To meet the market requirements, the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Arts and Crafts Secondary School trains technicians in arts and crafts. As a result, in fine art, the existing options are as follow:
  • Fashion design
  • Decoration
  • Computer graphics
  • Drawing
  • Technical Textile Art
  • Graphics
  • Visual Arts
  • Illustration

In music, there are the following fields:
  • Sound engineering
  • Computer Aided Music
  • Master Chorus
  • Instrumental

REGISTRATION FEES: They are fixed at FCFA 10,000

COST OF TRAINING:  The training fees amounts to FCFA 160,000 per year with the following payment patterns:
  • First part: FCFA  70,000
  • Second part: FCFA  40,000
  • Third part: FCFA 40,000

SCHOOL CANTEEN: The school canteen offers a lunch for children throughout the year. The costs amount to FCFA 30,000 per quarter.

INTERNAT: Alternative accommodation is available for the students dwelling outside Abomey-Calavi and Cotonou. The cost of boarding is FCFA 358,400 per year. The cost of half-pension amounts to FCFA 73,400 per quarter.


Our programmes in Abomey-Calavi, Dassa-Zoumé and Natitingou in Benin enable us to fulfil the rights of thousands of children. SOS Children’s Villages Benin is a member of Children's Villages International, operational in 133 countries and territories.