Parenting and Education, Ivory Coast

Ivorian family© Is­abel Cor­thi­er

June 2018: The Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich en­tered into a part­ner­ship with Ja­cobs Foun­da­tion for the project “Har­ness­ing dif­fer­ences to op­ti­mize learn­ing”, which takes place in Ivory Coast.

The project builds on a pro­gram that is al­ready un­der­way in the coun­try, which aims to in­crease parental en­gage­ment in their child’s ed­u­ca­tion through a plat­form that al­lows schools to send no­ti­fi­ca­tions and mes­sages to par­ents. The in­ter­ven­tion has con­tributed to im­prove­ments in learn­ing and lit­er­a­cy in sim­i­lar set­tings in Latin Amer­i­ca. This col­lab­o­ra­tion in Ivory Coast rep­re­sents a unique op­por­tu­ni­ty to ac­quire knowl­edge about the sci­ence of learn­ing, pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence for na­tion-wide ed­u­ca­tion­al in­ter­ven­tions.