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Early Childhood Support in Ivory Coast

In Ivory Coast, the effects of the political crisis of 2010 have had a strong impact on the lives of the entire population. Unemployment, prostitution, insecurity, violence, etc. have led to a deterioration of the social climate. Children are the first victims: raised in unsanitary conditions, they become very vulnerable to diseases, malnutrition and are exposed to sexual abuse. They do not grow up in an environment appropriate for their development.  

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BICE acts for young children in Ivory Coast

Since 1987, BICE and its local partner Dignity and Rights for Children in Ivory Coast (DDE-IC) are involved in the protection of early childhood and the rights of the child.

The actions implemented meet several objectives:

  • Support children 3 to 6 years old in a healthy and safe environment
  • Promote their development and growth through fun and educational activities
  • Promote socialization of the child
  • To promote the education of children, especially girls
  • Educate children about the importance of hygiene

Activities around early awakening

Activities take place in Centre d’Ecoute Pilote d’Adjamé (CEPA) or in Centre Erb Aloïs de Youpougon (neighborhoods in Abidjan, the capital):

  • Home for children in day APEC
  • Preparing children for primary school
  • Organization of awareness activities: language, writing, mathematics, drawing and singing, motor, etc.
  • Nutritional and health support: taste, hygiene education, screening and control of vaccines, etc.
  • Parent awareness in the development of the child

The activities are also conducted with children with disabilities of the Centre Erb Aloïs.  

Key figures of the project in Ivory Coast

  • 80 children aged 3 to 6 years are welcomed daily at CEPA
  • 70 children with disabilities participate in activities for early awakening
  • 200 children from the community in the area participate in community outreach activities
  • One hundred parents participate in meetings and accompany their children

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