From Commitment to Action: Forging a Public-Private Partnership for Quality Education in Côte d'Ivoire

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, ZURICH and WASHINGTON, February 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Nine months after Jacobs Foundation announced a USD 52 million commitment to create TRECC: "Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities," the program has become a growing coalition of public and private stakeholders aligning capital and knowledge to improve the quality of education in Côte d'Ivoire. TRECC will be officially launched on February 17th in Abidjan with the backing of the Ivorian government, the cocoa and chocolate industry, and additional committed partnerssuch as Bernard Van Leer Foundation.   
TRECC aims to improve the quality of life of all children and youth in Côte d'Ivoire, while focusing on delivering quality education in cocoa-growing communities. The program was designed and initially financed by the Jacobs Foundation to capitalize on three key opportunities: the high priority the Ivorian Government has set on improving educational outcomes for all children and youth in the country; the unprecedented and aligned commitment of the cocoa and chocolate industry and the Ivorian Government to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers; and on the growing entrepreneurial power of smallholder farmers and civil society organizations to advance quality education at all levels.
In TRECC's 2020 vision, education in Côte d'Ivoire should enable individuals to lead healthy and fulfilled lives, be able to respond to their own challenges, and pursue goals that they value. This vision is based upon the belief that education must begin at home with parents nurturing creativity and knowledge of their children, go on to ensure the acquisition of foundational skills of literacy and numeracy through primary level, and further build analytical and non-cognitive skills that are essential to improve youth's livelihoods through quality income generating opportunities.
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