TRECC – Changes in Education in Ivory Coast

Education is key to the well-being of the rural population.

Ivory Coast is by far the world’s largest producer of cocoa, accounting for nearly 40 percent of global production. But poverty is widespread, and most of the small farmers in cocoa-growing regions can neither read nor write. Over two-thirds of Ivorian children drop out before completing elementary school. Yet education is key to the well-being of the rural population.

Seeking to improve the living conditions of Ivory Coast’s cocoa farmers and their children, the Jacobs Foundation is working with public and private organizations to develop a sustainable ecosystem that will ensure access to high-quality education. Education begins at home, with the parents, in early childhood. It continues at school, as children learn such basic skills as reading and writing. They subsequently acquire the social skills that are crucial for success in the labor market. The Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) program offers a variety of solutions for each of these stages in life.

Three factors are helpful for the implementation of TRECC:

  • the high priority the Ivorian government gives to improving educational opportunities for the country’s children and youth;
  • unprecedented joint efforts by the cocoa and chocolate industries to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers (Cocoa Action); and
  • improvements in the business skills of small farmers and civil-society organizations, which are improving educational quality at every level.

The goal by the year 2020 is for 80 percent of the children participating in TRECC to perform at grade level and for at least 50 percent of industry partners to make effective educational programs part of their sustainability strategies. By 2022 the living conditions of at least 200,000 children and adolescents have been improved. By providing support for the government, our industrial partners and local organizations, we are also seeking to ensure that rural communities have access to high-quality education even after the involvement of the Jacobs Foundation has come to an end.

Components of the program

  • CocoaAction

    With TRECC, the Jacobs Foundation is entering into a strategic partnership with the industry-wide platform CocoaAction. CocoaAction, which is coordinated by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), was created by the 11 leading companies in the cocoa industry to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers, thus also securing the long-term production of cocoa. Through CocoaAction, these companies have undertaken to ensure access to training, better crop plants and fertilizer for some 300,000 cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana by the year 2020. Efforts are also being made to strengthen these farmers’ communities by promoting education, supporting women and protecting children.

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  • Memorandum of Understanding

    In the presence of the Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Lavinia Jacobs, Chair of the Board of Trustees, a delegation of the Jacobs Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on advancing the quality of education in Côte d’Ivoire. In this MoU, both parties reaffirm their determination to improve the living conditions of the population by providing high-quality schooling and education for children and youth.

     

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  • Grantmatching Mechanism

    What happens when the world’s four largest cocoa and chocolate companies and an international child and youth development foundation join forces? Nothing less than achieving measurable impact through community development and education in Côte d’Ivoire with an innovative partnership of pioneering character for the entire industry and beyond. Under the roof of the Jacobs Foundation’s Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) program, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Barry Callebaut, and Mars will reach out to at least 16’000 children and youth and 72’000 adults over the next three years to provide quality education, empower women and assure child labour remediation. The four industry partners jointly invest CHF 5 million on top of their broader commitments under CocoaAction, and the Jacobs Foundation will match the companies’ investments with CHF 3.78 million when project goals are achieved.

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  • Chalkboard

    Chalkboard Education, a Ghana-based mobile learning company, receives EUR 200’000 to further develop its business activities in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, including increasing access to its mobile learning tools for rural and remote populations.

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  • Seedstars

    TRECC has partnered with Seedstars World to offer the Transforming Education Prize

    The Transforming Education Prize of 50,000 USD will be awarded to the most promising start-up with solutions to improve education in primary schools in low resource environments.

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