U.S. Embassy Abidjan inaugurated two middle schools in Languibonou and Koto-Ganda in central and eastern Côte d’Ivoire. Funded by USAID, the schools are fully equipped under the “Appui International pour le Développement de l’Education en Côte d’Ivoire (AIDE-CI),” an Ivoirian government project that started in 2012. The total cost of the project is estimated at $4,700,000.
USAID Mission Director for West Africa Alex Deprez and Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Haviland joined with Ministry of Education authorities, civil society representatives, students and their parents to attend the inauguration ceremonies. Deprez said the construction of schools demonstrates the importance that the American people put on education. Deprez called upon the community to promote girls’ education. He said, “All girls should have the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to break the cycle of poverty, raise a family in good health and help build their community.”