From 2019 - 2021, International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Côte d’Ivoire, implemented a pilot project in eight cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire to improve teaching, learning and school facilities for primary school children.

The project reached more than 2,200 pupils in primary schools in 5 regions of Côte d’Ivoire. ICI focused on creating a learning environment where children feel safe and protected, guided by effective teachers and school leadership, and supported by their parents and the wider community. A bundle of interventions was focused on teacher training in positive discipline, school infrastructure, and teaching methods to improve children’s learning and protection at school.

Key findings:

  • Intervention schools showed more protective school environments and higher levels of pupil wellbeing at school.
  • Teachers in intervention schools were significantly less likely to use violence to discipline children.
  • Children in intervention schools made significantly more progress in both reading and maths, than children in control schools.
  • The use of the Teaching at the Right Level methodology improved learning in both the older and younger groups within the intervention schools.

View a presentation of key findings from the study.