The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) supports the government of Côte d’Ivoire in improving access and retention of young people girl In theschool through the project “Right to inclusive education and preservation of girl In theschool ” funded by Global Affairs Canada.
This project is part of the 8th Cooperation Program 2021-2025 ofUNFPA and aims to reduce the underperformance factors of girl In theschool in a context where they have limited access to their rights related to education, reproductive health and protection from gender-based violence.
It brings together the Department of National Education and Literacy, the Department of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health Care, the Department of Family, Women and Children, and the Department of Youth Advancement, Community Service and Youth Employment.
As part of this collaboration, computer equipment totaling CFA francs 9,900,000 purchased during this project was transferred to the central departments supporting the implementation of this project to strengthen their various information and data management systems.
15 desktop computers were made available to beneficiaries at the premises of the Department of Mutual Insurance and Social Work in Schools (DMOSS).
Support for the project and other initiatives in favor of education for all has benefited an 85% school retention rate.
Eloi-Noël KOUASSI, technical advisor, confirmed on behalf of the Minister for National Education and Literacy (MENA) that the collaboration with theUNFPA is fruitful, structuring and inspiring because it really helps to improve the living conditions of the population.
He asked the beneficiary structures to make good use of the materials made available to them, so that the productivity of their employees improves and the aspired goals are achieved, as new challenges await them.
Faced with huge expectations, the minister’s representative asked for the help of theUNFPA.
“MENA reiterates its commitment to continue and support the implementation of all initiatives to promote the right to quality education for all and lifelong learning in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular with SDG4,” he added, calling for a sense of mutual responsibility received in relation to the use of this computer equipment.
Access to quality education for all is on the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. It represents a commitment to be met by 2030 for all countries in the world, especially developing countries.
Alain Akpadji, Resident Representative UNFPA/CI said that despite the efforts of the Ivorian authorities, it is clear that significant challenges still exist. This includes, among other things, the low school level girl this remains a priority issue in the country. In fact, the primary enrollment rate for girl is 74.1%, while the retention rate for them in secondary education is only 35.6%.
In his opinion, this situation is all the more worrying for children with disabilities, a significant number of whom are outside the school system due to the poor application of the provisions in force for their schooling.
Furthermore, as indicated by Alain Akpadji, less than half of women in Côte d’Ivoire are literate, 47.2% versus 63.8% of men.
“The very limited access of girl/Women on their rights in education, exacerbated by gender-based violence, represents a real obstacle to the empowerment, development and full participation of women in the development of the country. Given this situation and to support the Government of Côte Ivoire in its efforts to improve access for young people girl to education, theUNFPA with financial support from Global Affairs Canadainitiated the project “Right to inclusive education and preservation of girl In theschool ‘ he recalled.
This project targets areas where vulnerability factors are real and where indicators of access to primary and secondary education are still weak.
And thanks to the various combined measures, including the Canda project, the primary school completion rate increased from 80.6% to 86.91% and the school retention rate for adolescent girls attending secondary school from 69.7% to 85% from 2019 until 2021
It should be specified that the supply of computer equipment is aimed at, on the one hand, strengthening the material capacities of the key structures for the implementation of the project and, on the other hand, contributing to the improvement of information systems and data management for evidence-based planning on the other hand.