TRECC supports a study for effective public resource allocation for education in Ivory Coast

As part of its strategy to strengthen education access, fairness, and quality, the Ivorian government has committed to strengthening the effectiveness of funding mechanisms at private secondary schools. A study financed by TRECC provides essential data to steer government policies in this area.

Clara SanchizTRECC supports a study for effective public resource allocation for education in Ivory Coast
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How to make education investments as effective as possible

TRECC is partnering with Millennium Institute and the Ivorian government to develop a tool analyzing education and ECD-related policies. The project will provide an overview of what can be done to effectively achieve SDG targets by facilitating simulations of different scenarios.

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How to put out-of-school children on the right track

12% of primary school-aged children in Ivory Coast are not in school. This issue is especially prevalent in cocoa-growing regions due to child labor. Girls, children in rural areas, and the poor population are the groups most affected by this issue.

When out-of-school children return to formal school, they struggle to adapt. The lack of familiarity and knowledge makes it difficult for these children to keep up with classes, and often teachers cannot give them the attention they need to get back up to speed.

Together with Nestlé and ICI, we have created special classes in cocoa-growing regions where out-of-school children can participate in an accelerated literacy and math program. This allows them to learn the necessary skills before returning to formal school, so they can get the most out of their educational experience.

Hervé Kouakou Kouakou, a teacher at a school in Broukouassikro settlement, near Gagnoa, explains why this model can help out-of-school children succeed.

Clara SanchizHow to put out-of-school children on the right track
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Equipping youth with skills to thrive in the cocoa business

As part of TRECC’s partnership with The Hershey Company and its Cocoa For Good program, youth in rural communities will be supported to increase their professional prospects and to realize their potential in order to live healthy, prosperous lives.

“Young people need to know themselves and their abilities as well as guidance in their lives. If we want to have cocoa farmers who see their farm as a business – since Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer in cocoa – we need proper life skills and financial education,” says Parfait Asseman.

Clara SanchizEquipping youth with skills to thrive in the cocoa business
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What chocolate companies can do to raise the bar in education

Quality education is a key component to a sustainable cocoa supply chain; increasing cocoa farmers’ knowledge and capacity leads to improved farming practices, productivity and cost effectiveness. Children are our future—and education is critical to helping them thrive. Unfortunately, the situation in cocoa communities is far from ideal. To address this, TRECC has partnered with the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies, one of which is Mondelēz International, to improve the quality of education in Ivory Coast. Through its sustainability program Cocoa Life, Mondelēz is cultivating a stronger future for generations to come. Below are highlights from a conversation between Mbalo Ndiaye -Country Lead for Ivory Coast at Cocoa Life-, and Irina Hotz -Project Manager International Programs at the Jacobs Foundation (TRECC’s managing partner)-.

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Tony’s Chocolonely joins TRECC to improve quality education in cocoa communities

Dutch chocolate company Tony’s Chocolonely and TRECC will work together to improve literacy and numeracy skills in Ivorian cocoa communities. With this new partnership, Tony’s has become the 10th company to join TRECC following Barry Callebaut, Blommer, Cargill, Cémoi, Caboz, Hershey’s, Mars, Mondelez International and Nestlé.

Clara SanchizTony’s Chocolonely joins TRECC to improve quality education in cocoa communities
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A cocoa farmer’s advice to become a better parent

Alain Naon is a cocoa farmer from Banguéhi, western Ivory Coast. He received training thanks to TRECC and Blommer in partnership with Hellen Keller International. He became a community health volunteer and he now gives advice to parents on nutrition, hygiene and stimulation for babies and toddlers. And thanks to this new role, he has become a better parent himself.

TRECC works to improve quality of education in Ivory Coast so that people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives and pursue the activities they value. Alain’s training is one of the multiple activities included in our partnership with the cocoa and chocolate industry.

Clara SanchizA cocoa farmer’s advice to become a better parent
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