Students walk an average of 10 km every day to school in Côte d'Ivoire. That's why USAID is working closely with the Ivoirian education ministry to build schools closer to where children live.
USAID Côte d'Ivoire
For many Ivoirian students, access to middle school is limited because there are more students who have passed the entrance exams than there are enough classrooms with space for them, according to a recent assessment. Another troubling finding showed that the distance that many students have to walk to school is, on average, almost double the 3-mile maximum standard set by the Ministry of Education. These are some of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of girls and children from marginalized communities succeeding in school. The assessment showed that these problems can be addressed by building more classrooms closer to where the students live and involving the local community to bring better outcomes.
Increasing equitable access to basic education in crisis and post-conflict environments is a strategic goal of the U.S. Government and is being implemented by USAID and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Through the three-year, $4.7 million Assistance for the Development of Education in Côte d’Ivoire (AIDE-CI) program, USAID aims to increase equitable access to education in Cote d’Ivoire with an emphasis on girls and children from marginalized communities.