A Better School for Girls

  • P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

In 2019 and 2020, Graines de Paix is focusing its intervention on improving girls' schooling conditions and preventing violence at school.

The project is carried out in primary schools in the region of Man (North-West) and Odienné (North) and in secondary schools in Abidjan (South). Through continuous training of primary and secondary school teachers, the development of educational resources that support the teachers' class practice and the awareness of parents, Graines de Paix aims to improve the academic success of girls and their safety and well-being at school.

It will use tools already validated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s research and develop others that will specifically address the issues of differential treatment between girls and boys in the classroom. Specific training tools and teaching resources will be developed for primary and secondary schools. They will be adapted to the age of the children they are addressing and to the specificities and challenges of each learning cycle.

Lead Implementing Government(s)

Côte d'Ivoire


Sub-Saharan Africa

Côte d'Ivoire

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2019 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

The Ministry of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training (MENET-FP), as well as the Ministry of Women, Family and Children in charge of child protection, support the work carried out on the Ivory Coast territory.

COVID-19 Response

Not changed

Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion
  • Secondary Enrollment

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School violence
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Boys (both in school and out of school)
  • Community leaders
  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

School-related gender-based violence

  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Pre-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - outside the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Curricula, teaching and learning materials are free of gender-bias and stereotypes
  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Teachers and learners have the knowledge and skills to promote gender equality

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • Reduced intimate partner violence
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)
  • Reduced violence against children in the home

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)