Côte d’Ivoire

Situated in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire shares borders with five other countries. Once considered the jewel of West Africa, due to its modern cities and steady economic growth, Côte d’Ivoire has been embattled of late, grappling with the aftermath of a protracted political/military conflict that boiled over in 2010. However, the country has begun to consolidate the gains of relative peace, political stability and community development initiatives. Still, increasing demographic pressures and economic stagnation weigh heavily over Côte d’Ivoire’s education sector.

Côte d’Ivoire
source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • High costs of schooling
  • Political & inter-ethnic violence
  • Shortage of trained teachers

Interventions to barriers

  • Financial educaiton & training
  • Teacher training & recruitment
  • Classrom construction

Since the launch of the MDGs in 2000, Côte d’Ivoire’s progress in education has been uneven. That the government has taken steps to outline ownership of and a pathway towards EFA goals in the form of an official action plan on education and missives on education policy are certainly bright spots. But, conflict and instability over the last decade have led to chronic under-investment in the country’s education infrastructure, which at present contributes to that sector’s turmoil.

Though Côte d’Ivoire has made progress in recent years with regard to primary-education enrolment (a 20 percent increase since 2000), there remain serious challenges regarding the education system’s functionality and the country’s development. In particular, the education sector is burdened by deficits in quality, access (especially for marginalised groups, such as children with disabilities and girls) and the development of early childhood education.

To begin to meet the need of Côte d’Ivoire’s out of school population, EAC has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children (STC) in three respective initiatives.  Specific interventions include: community mobilisation, financial education and the establishment of savings and loan associations in target communities; distribution of teaching and learning materials, in-service teacher training and CSO capacity building; and school construction and the training of PTAs in financial management, fundraising and OOSC integration into school.


Geographic Location: West Africa

Languages: French (official), 60 native dialects of which Dioula is the most widely spoken


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Bridging Tomorrow

Bridging Tomorrow

Successfully Completed Project

In partnership with EAC, The Norwegian Refugee Council is implementing the Bridging Tomorrow Project in Côte d’Ivoire. The project is designed to reintegrate 12,383 vulnerable out of school children into formal education settings.
Build a Future

Build a Future

Successfully Completed Project

In partnership with EAC, Save the Children is implementing the Build a Future project in Côte d’Ivoire. Build a Future seeks to strengthen the capacity of communities that have been affected by over a decade of conflict to provide quality primary education for their children.
Save for School / Educate First

Save for School / Educate First

Successfully Completed Project

In partnership with EAC, the International Rescue Committee’s Educate First project works to increase opportunities for a quality primary education for out of school children in Côte d’Ivoire who were displaced by conflict in recent years and who live in situations of extreme poverty.


International Rescue Committee

IRC is working in partnership with EAC to ensure that children in Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have opportunities to realize their fundamental right to an education.

Norwegian Refugee Council

EAC and the Norwegian Refugee Council have partnered to guarantee the right to education for children in western Côte d’Ivoire who are out of school due to internal displacement.

Save the Children

Save the Children and Educate A Child have partnered in Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand/Myamar to help children affected by conflict to enrol and stay in school. In Ethiopia, the Save the Children and EAC partnership is working to reach the most marginalized children across five regions, three major cities, and two refugee camps with quality primary level education.