This report summarizes findings from an analysis undertaken as part of the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The purpose of the analysis was to explore the underlying causes of the Ivorian crisis, to investigate the effect of the multiple crises on the country’s educational system, and to identify ways to support national efforts to consolidate peace in the country, particularly through education. It should be noted that the final Côte d’Ivoire conflict analysis focused heavily on the impact of the conflict on the formal education system and the peacebuilding efforts within the formal education sector. Therefore, it is sector specific and in many ways more an impact analysis rather than a causal analysis.
The analysis included a document review of studies on education and conflict in the Ivorian context, as well as interviews and surveys of government officials and citizens in Yamoussoukro, Abidjan and 15 other areas. Interviews were conducted with government officials at the national and decentralized levels, university leaders, union representatives, teachers, students, school administrators, school management committees, and community, religious and traditional leaders. A total of 1,450 students at 26 schools in 16 regions completed a survey that looked at their socio-demographic information, educational/professional trajectories, perceptions of the crises, and personal reflections on conflict, violence and the promotion of peace. In addition, primary school students were invited to draw their impressions of their school before, during and after the crises.
Read the full report, conflict-analysis-summary-cdi.