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2010.01.01

* UNICEF works to increase numbers of Cote d'Ivoire children who attend pre-school
* 시간: 02 min 24 secs
* 촬영도시: Bondoukou
* 촬영국가: Ivory Coast
* 촬영일자: 16 Dec 2009


Only one out of two children between the ages of 6 and 11 attends primary school In Ivory Coast.


The situation is worse for pre-school with only 5.5 percent of children from 3 to 5 years old attending an early childhood development programme.


UNICEF is working to increase these numbers and strengthen pre-school service provision.


SOUNDBITE (French) Afoua Odette, Pre-school teacher
"The programme helps a lot. The mothers come and drop off their children, then they are free to go to the fields. It makes things easier."


For the few centres that exist much needs to be done to provide quality services that include such basic needs as water and sanitation.


SOUNDBITE (French) Afoua Odette, Pre-school teacher
"There are no toilets in the centre, and no water. It can be exhausting. When the children have to use the toilet, I have to carry their waste far away, then bring water from my house to wash them."


Teachers face difficulties in maintaining children in the Early Childhood Development programme as they cannot feed the children during the day.


SOUNDBITE (French) Afoua Odette, Pre-school teacher
"They would normally stay until the evening, but we don't have a kitchen. If we had one, we could prepare something for them to eat, and keep them here a bit later, until their mothers get back from the fields."


Overall state funding for education in Ivory Coast has dropped from 35 percent to 25 per cent over the past few years. And very little of the funding is allocated to ECD programmes. Fortunately for these children, the community has taken their pre-school education into their own hands.


SOUNDBITE (French) Afoua Odette, Pre-school teacher
"The villagers are the ones who organised to pay us. Each parent pays 1000 francs. But that isn't quite enough for the whole year, so the village adds funds to help the parents."


UNICEF continues to advocate for increased funding for ECD to see that children get a good start in life and ensure they receive a complete primary education.


SOUNDBITE (French) Afoua Odette, Pre-school teacher
"Since the centre started, we noticed that it helps kids a lot in primary school. The teachers there tell us that the children who came here do better; they know more than the children who didn't come. They learn more quickly."