Building peace through early childhood development centers in Côte d’Ivoire

Eugenie Zohole and her family fled Abidjan after the violence in 2012. After arriving in Mapussie in the west, Eugenie joined a UNICEF-supported mothers’ group which brought together women from different ethnicities. The women farm together and with support from UNICEF have built an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center in their village. The ECD center now unites and reconciles women from different ethnic groups around the common goal of child wellbeing. The women attend literacy classes at the center and have received training to become peace messengers in their communities. This project is part of UNICEF’s Learning for Peace programme which links multiple communities through education interventions to build durable peace.

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