Education – The Korean International Cooperation Agency supports gender inclusive secondary education in Ivory Coast

Almost 6 billion CFA francs for the children of Poro, Tchologo and Bagoué

The United Nations Children’s Fund in Côte d’Ivoire (UNICEF) and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Côte d’Ivoire reached an agreement for US$10 million in funding on April 6, 2022 at UNICEF Headquarters in Abidjan -Dollar signed (approx. 6 billion CFA francs) as part of the implementation of the education component of the 2021-2025 cooperation program between UNICEF and the government of Côte d’Ivoire “Ivory. Present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Marc Vincent and Mr. WOO DongWan, each representing the two organizations in Côte d’Ivoire.

The project, titled Gender-Based Inclusive Secondary Education in three (3) districts in northern Côte d’Ivoire: Poro, Tchologo, Bagoué, aims to improve access to quality secondary education and vocational training for vulnerable children, with a focus on girls in these three regions of northern Côte d’Ivoire where school enrollment rates are particularly low. 41,198 direct beneficiaries will be affected, including 30,000 secondary school youth, 6,000 out-of-school children and youth, 3,520 parents, 1,542 education and health ministry officials, and 136 healthcare workers.

Through this project, UNICEF will work closely with the line ministries responsible for national education, technical and vocational training, health and family. This collaboration enables the construction and furnishing of new classrooms, the provision of educational and teaching materials to institutions, the strengthening of educational oversight, the establishment of alternative educational opportunities and improved access to youth health services.

According to Marc Vincent, UNICEF representative in Côte d’Ivoire, “The generosity of the Korean government allows UNICEF to reach areas of the country where schooling has always encountered difficulties due to socio-cultural constraints. This support will continue to bring hope to thousands of teens outside the school system. »

According to WOO DongWan, Country Director of KOICA Côte d’Ivoire, “KOICA stands with UNICEF to advance the fundamental rights and well-being of every child”.

As early as 2018, UNICEF benefited from KOICA funding of USD 6,000,000 for the implementation of the project “Creating a child-friendly learning environment for girls in disadvantaged and fragile northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire and protecting young people from the associated risks of HIV/AIDS “. This project helped change perceptions of the community

school education of girls. Access to school and the retention of girls in school have also been significantly improved as a result.

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More information on UNICEF and its work in Côte d’Ivoire: https://www.unicef.org/cotedivoire/centre-de-presse.