Youth Challenge Program

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has made education-training a priority focus, by overhauling high schools. This reform is combined with a program to build a large number of small high schools in rural areas, to bring the populations the most excluded from education services closer and reduce inequalities between urban and rural dwellers. AFD is supporting these large-scale projects via the Youth Challenge program, implemented since 2013. This financing is assisting the State by building 240 high schools, equipping classes, training teaching staff and improving teaching quality. It especially aims to facilitate access to school for rural populations, with girls as a priority. In the Korhogo region, over 500 km to the north of Abidjan, several small municipalities are benefitting from this project. 

Lead Implementing Government(s)

Côte d'Ivoire


Sub-Saharan Africa

Côte d'Ivoire

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2013 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Government of Côte d'voire

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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion


  • School facilities
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

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)

Participants include

  • N/A

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Improving transportation

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of schools

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing