Save for School / Educate First

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.

Save for School / Educate First

The Save for School / Educate First project targets aims to provide 20,160 out of school children in Western Côte d’Ivoire with quality primary education through three areas of intervention: the Save for School program, the rehabilitation of school buildings, and the Healing Classrooms program.

Through the Save for Schools project, families with out of school children form village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that enable members to save money and obtain small loans for economic activities. Simultaneously, families follow a 14-session discussion series that helps them send their children to local schools in collaboration with local authorities.

Through its Social Rehabilitation program, IRC is rehabilitating 24 local schools that were damaged during the 2011 crisis and that are situated close to VSLA groups. The IRC is also equipping teachers with the skills to provide a supportive learning environment to students through its Healing Classroom program.

Project finished


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.


Côte d’Ivoire

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.