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Ivorian refugees here are being urged to return home now that relative peace has returned to Ivory Coast. A six-man Ivorian Government delegation is in Liberia to prevail on Ivorian refugees, particularly students to return home in preparation for school. The delegation includes representatives of the Ivorian Ministry of Education, the Ivorian-based Safe the Children group and UNICEF.

The delegation headed by the Special Advisor to the Ivorian Ministry of Education Guei Monin Gabriel is in the country to encourage Ivorian refugee children and teachers to return home and be reintegrated in the education system of the country. Mr. Gabriel said schools in the Ivory Coast will effectively open on 24 October this year.

“We expect our children and parents back in their country before schools open on October 24; the refugee children in Liberia must return because we have more space in the schools there to accommodate them,”

The Ivorian envoy noted that he is also in the country to meet with authorities at the Ministry of Education on the need to harmonize their respective curriculum for those Ivorian refugees, who preferred to remain in Liberia to further their education.

In response, Deputy Education Minister Dr. Mator Kpangba, welcomed the idea of his counterpart, and promised the Liberian government full cooperation. Deputy Minister Kpangba said Liberia is always willing to accept Ivoirians who want to remain here to school, adding the future of Ivory Coast depends on the education of its youths.

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