Now the Kids Are Safe
Population-based survey on peace and education in Côte d'Ivoire
This report presents the results of two surveys about peacebuilding and education conducted in Côte d'Ivoire:
- A survey of 2,561 youth aged 12 to 17 years old and 18 to 26 years old randomly selected throughout Côte d'Ivoire. The survey was designed to provide representative data for 5 regions.
- A survey in the Western region conducted among mothers randomly selected among mothers participating in mothers' clubs supported by UNICEF and its partner, and a comparison group of mothers selected in the community. In relation to peacebuilding, the clubs offered opportunities for women to become leaders in peacebuilding through joint learning, social interactions and dialogue about key issues. A total of 433 mothers were interviewed
The goals of the survey were
- to assess youths and mothers' attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors in relation to the informal and formal education experience of mothers and youth respondents and
- to collect data on social cohesion, resilience, human security and conflict resolution which are seen as crucial elements in building peace. The overall objective then was to examine the relation between these two factors (education experience and peacebuilding dimensions).
This study further offered an opportunity to examine the changing context and the effects of UNICEF's support to peacebuilding and education in Côte d'Ivoire. Within the limits of a cross-sectional survey, causal changes cannot be attributed to UNICEF's interventions. The results nevertheless may challenge assumptions about the effect of the program.