Zaourakro is a community of about 1,708 people, 511 of whom are adults and 1,197 are children. This includes people who live in the nearby camps. It is located 29 km from the sub-prefecture of Yocouboue and 31 km from the prefecture of Guitry. The population consists mainly of Sénoufo, Groussi, Mossi, Baoule, Lobi, Burkina Faso, Bobo and Samogo ethnicities. The main income-generating activities conducted in the community are cocoa farming, coffee farming, oil palm cultivation, rubber production, sewing, and the extraction of palm oil and the production of charcoal.
This community was without a school for several decades. In 2005 the community constructed a community school with just one class. The only teacher was a volunteer. In 2008 two more classes were added. Three years later in 2011 a headteacher was appointed and two more classes were added. As of 2015, three trained teachers and two volunteers work at the school.
In short, the previous school did not offer a good learning environment for children. Teachers’ working conditions were difficult and the five teachers only had two teachers’ accomodations between them. There were no wardrobes in the classes and painted black signs served as table for students. In the case of bad weather, classes would be interrupted due to wind and rain, with whole sections of the building sometimes collapsing. Often snakes were found in the bamboo roofs.
Zaourakro was selected by ICI after the development and training of a Community Child Protection Committee (CCPC). In June, 2015, a Community Action Plan was adopted by the community. They placed the construction of a school with three classes as a main priority.
Residents successfully built a school with three classes, with the support of the Guitry cooperative and ICI. The new school allowed three classes to begin learning in more comfortable conditions during the 2016-17 school year.
- The closest primary health centre is 31 km away.
- The community has access to a safe water point.
ICI has been working with this community since January 2015.
- Training and development of a Community Child Protection Committee.
- A school with three new classrooms was constructed for the 2016-2017 school year.
- A literacy centre has been started and is regularly attended by around 40 community members.
- A 0.5 hectare plot of manioc was planted in October 2015. Within the community 80 women were provided with equipment and trained how to maintain the crop using pesticides.