Association Imagine le Monde- Côte d’Ivoire

EducationInclusion

In Africa, and more particularly in West Africa and the Ivory Coast, many children have difficult access to education. There are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is the lack of financial means on the part of parents, as education is not free. The NGO AIM has set out to support children with learning difficulties and to raise awareness of the various learning disabilities in the family and educational environment.

Since its creation in 2013, AIM’s mission has been to help vulnerable people, particularly in Gonzagueville (Abidjan), to integrate and become self-sufficient. Thanks to AIM, these children, some of whom are disabled, have access to cultural and sporting activities that help them to blossom and develop their potential.

AIM History

The Associatoin Imagine le Monde (Imagine the world) led by Marie-Donatienne El Khalil, stands out as a non-political and non-denominational organization working in various fields such as social issues, education, disability, women’s empowerment, health, and the environment, with the primary goal of respecting human rights.

Founded in 2013 in France and Côte d’Ivoire, AIM France actively supports the on-the-ground initiatives of AIM Côte d’Ivoire. The latter focuses on assisting disadvantaged populations in the Port-Bouët Gonzagueville neighborhood, one of the municipalities in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.

Over the years, AIM’s action has revolved around fundamental human values such as solidarity, fraternity, sharing, and commitment. The association aspires to build a more just world where everyone has their place, embracing their differences and unique qualities.

AIM is also involved in promoting education through sports, particularly in the “XV de AIM” Rugby Club program. The objective is to instill common values in players, including solidarity, mutual aid, and social cohesion. Affiliated with the Ivorian Rugby Federation since 2017, the club boasts nearly 80 children aged 8 to 17 in its rugby school and 30 seniors. The latter are the vice-champions of Côte d’Ivoire and participated in the West African Championship in December 2023.

Let’s imagine education for all

2024-2025-2026

Think Human Foundation & AIM

In 2024, the AIM NGO and Think Human Foundation join forces for the “Coup de Pouce” project, united in their common goal of promoting sustainable development through effective education for children.

Through this collaboration, a clear need has emerged to support children facing learning difficulties and raise awareness among their families and educators about various learning disorders.

A learning disability is defined as the non-installation or disorganization of a function during a child’s development. They are said to be specific if they cannot be explained by by another pathology, and correspond to a neurodevelopmental, lasting and structural developmental disturbance. They are commonly referred to as “dys” and evoke a lasting and severe difficulty in the acquisition of a specific cognitive function for example:

  • Dysphasia: a specific, long-lasting disorder of oral language development;
  • Dyslexia/dysorthographia: a specific long-term disorder in the acquisition of written language;
  • Dyscalculia: a specific long-term disorder of calculation;
  • Dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder (DCD): disorder of motor development or gestural activity or gestural activity;
  • Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD): a developmental disorder of attention and executive function.

THe project with AIM, will help

  • Enhance pupils’ self-esteem and participation
  • Enabling children to become more motivated in their learning;
  • Find personalised solutions to enable pupils to access learning;
  • Consolidate the basic concepts for the rest of their schooling.
  • Raise awareness among the families of the children concerned.
  • This project includes an awareness-raising and training component for the pedagogical and teaching teams of the various partner establishments. The aim is to make schools more aware of these difficulties and particularities, so that in the long term they themselves can have a trained team to support as many children with this profile as possible in their establishment.

To better connect with the rural population, the “Ahondjoé” project has been implemented in the Kouassikro Kan locality. Its aim is to combat child labor and school dropout. With the support of Think Human Foundation, AIM has established a school cafeteria, three classrooms, and ongoing construction of latrines. These facilities benefit 280 students from the village’s only school.

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