Cote Dâ€™ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, is a small country located between Ghana and Liberia in Western Africa and borders the North Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. it has mostly flat terrains and mountains in the northwest. The capital of the Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro, which is located off of the Bandama river. The Ivory Coasts natural resources include diamonds, gold, copper, cocoa beans, hydro-power, and petroleum, and its flag has three sections colored yellow, white, and green.
The Ivory Coast is currently a Republic. It has been independent from France since 1960, however itâ€™s legal systems are still based on French political systems. The Ivory Coast has three branches of government; the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches. Its constitution is still being edited and reformed.
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Most schools are government run but some are run by religious organizations. Students generally attend school from ages six to eleven. In the Ivory Coast, art is part of daily life, it is often related to religion. types of art include clothing, figurines, jewelry, and masks. Music and dance are part of traditional practices. Most Ivorians like soccer and cheer their mensâ€™ soccer team during the African National Cup. Most children enjoy volleyball, basketball and tennis. New Years Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, and Christmas are celebrated yearly on the Ivory Coast.
A current issue on the Ivory Coast is that 34% of the population live below the poverty line and 40% of children between five and fourteen have to help support their families financially and cannot attend school or get an education. Without an education, most of the children will never be able to escape poverty. Sometimes, even though it is illegal, girls twelve and older are forced into marriages, often with distant relatives for the money and gifts the groom must pay to the brides family. Only 55% of men and 39% of women are literate, so the government is now providing primary school education to all children and improving the education system.
Another challenge is the lack of clean water and electricity in villages. To fix this, the government created a program to bring electricity to two thousand villages and to drill five thousand wells in rural villages to provide access to clean water. Also, the spread of HIV and AIDS across the Ivory coast has affected a large amount of people, the AIDS prevention program has attempted to reduce the number of those affected but has so far not had much success.
The Ivory Coast is plagued by poverty and is likely to remain so for many years. Poverty makes getting an education difficult and without an education, the cycle of poverty will continue. Rebellions and wars often set back any improvements, damaging villages and causing chaos and the government must spend much-needed money to repair and rebuild destroyed towns.