The mayor, member of parliament and minister of national education, the anthropologist promised to solve the ills of the Ivorian school system.
The Côte d’Ivoire didn’t know his special taste for those little criticizing sentences, nor did he know their inferences and the media exposure. However, since she was appointed Minister of Education and Literacy on April 6th, it can be said that Mariatou Koné is talking about her lightly.
By announcing that in a few weeks, the general state of the school, the end “cheat” with “sponsor” Competing, but also evaluating students and administrative officials to ensure their true level, the new minister shook an institution that was considered vulnerable and conservative. At the same time, it has managed to attract public opinion who is concerned about the drift of the education system in Côte d’Ivoire.
Those who have already worked with this anthropologist through training, graduated from the Higher School of Social Sciences (EHESS, in Paris), are not surprised that this kind of fanfare begins. “She is a researcher and she made a cold diagnosis of a reality that she has observed for more than 30 years.”Professor Ibo Jonas explained that he was one of his mentors.
She has been a teacher and researcher since she defended a thesis of the Director of Agriculture in Côte d’Ivoire in 1994. She was the first female director of the Institute of Ethnological Sociology at the University of Félix-Houphouët-Boigny. She has “Be rooted like a few researchers in this country, Mr. Jonas continued, Even if she did not consider the Ivory Coast school as a research object, she looked at it very carefully”. Also this school “Liberation and liberation” The daughter of the housewife and military police was born in Boundiali in the north, as she often explained.
Mariatou Koné conducted research on Sakarsu, located in the Baule National Center in the late 1980s. Having been immersed in agricultural plantations for many years, she has observed the land dynamics and community cohabitation shaping the rural areas of Côte d’Ivoire, which are key issues in this West African country.