France opens center in Ivory Coast to train 10,000 teachers in Africa


Côte d’Ivoire has opened a French center in Abidjan which will train more than 10,000 teachers in five years.
Teachers from 15 French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will learn about education and then bring their knowledge back to classrooms.

Education reform is necessary because more than half of Ivorian students start secondary school without knowing how to read or write.

“The culmination of a rigorous and demanding process, this innovative center is a timely response to the pressing needs for educational engineering, initial training and continuous capacity building,” said Ivorian Minister of Education Kandia Camara.

The Ivorian authorities inaugurated the Professional Development Center (CDP) last week, hailing it as “a real boon”.

“Given the very close proximity of our school systems, it seemed important to us to create this CDP,” said Jean-Christophe Deberre, former director of the French Secular Mission.

According to him, the project is “another brick of cooperation between France and French-speaking African countries”.

But the program aims to be sustainable.

“We want to put an end to training as it could have existed in the past, which consisted of bringing teachers together for a given time, giving them two or three hours of theoretical training and sending them back to their classes without possibility. to continue training over a longer period. Our goal is to offer training that will last over time, ”said François Clauzel, director of CDP.

For a week, several hundred people will attend workshops and conferences to empower educators who will put their knowledge to use in the classroom.

“I sincerely hope that this professional development center will help us to write beautiful pages in the history of our school together,” said Camara.