Education: communities in the cocoa growing areas of Apparagra (Divo) and Koffi Yaokro (Soubré) inaugurate elementary schools

The start of the 2022-2023 school year in Divo and Soubré promises to be under better help for children in the communities of Apparagra (Divo) and Koffi Yaokro (Soubré). They recently received the keys to two new schools established by the International Cocoa Initiative Foundation (ICI), with the financial support of SACO partners Barry Callebaut and The Hershey Company. At Apparagra, residents received a building with 4 classrooms, with a director’s office and a block of three restrooms. At Koffi Yaokro, 3 classrooms, with a director’s office and a block of three restrooms were built and handed over to the communities.

The construction of these schools is part of a major project started by Barry Callebaut (SACO) and The Hershey Company since January 2018. month extension phase (from January 2021 to May 2021) focuses on community development for women and youth, capacity building for producers, as well as agroforestry projects.

So the construction of these classrooms is part of the support given to cocoa communities, with the desire to make them more protected by children.

According to Mr. Christophe Julienne, Supply & Sustainability Director, at SACO Barry Callebaut, “it is important to continue this effort to bring the school closer to the communities of our cocoa producers, to allow new generations with access to education., an important element to reduce the problem of child labor in rural areas. ”This is why he made the following statement:“ We are proud to participate in this long -term action, together with our partners, HERSHEYS and ICI, to fulfill our commitments, which will make life easier for several hundred children. , who will have these beautiful schools close to where they live, especially since this action is perfectly in line with the goals of Barry Callebaut’s Forever Chocolate strategy. These actions are, of course, part of the National Action Plan for the Fight against Child Labor (PAN), led by the First Lady, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara. ”For Mr. Tim McCOY, Director managing partnerships at The Hershey Company, the support his company has brought to the construction of these school infrastructures is part of Cocoa For Good’s strategic goals. aims to a sustainable cocoa sector. ”The establishment of schools and the implementation of other activities that benefit the welfare of children are part of the actions taken by The Hershey Company to achieve the goals outlined of the National Action Plan (NAP) to combat trafficking, exploitation and child labor, which was developed under the leadership of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara First Lady and President of the CNS, with the participation of several institutions of the Ivorian government, as well as the chocolate and chocolate cocoa industry, civil society and multilateral partners. We hope that these schools will contribute to a healthier and more prosperous future for the children of Apparagra and Koffi Yaokro, “he said. The second phase of the Barry Callebaut and Hershey project aims to increase the activities that take place. within the framework of the previous project, the goal of the partnership between Barry Callebaut, Hershey and ICI.It started in June 2021, will continue until August 2023 and will affect 16,000 cocoa farming households in 20 cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.This project combines the temporal extension of support to 13 cooperatives and 31 communities already supported during the first phase of the project (2018-2020) and an extension of 7 new cooperatives and 12 additional communities.This is an extensive program consisting of 5 ICI Foundation regional offices distributed in cocoa growing areas and 17 departments o. For Ms. Euphrasie Aka, ICI Country Director and Africa Regional Director, “Education is the key to success for children in cocoa growing communities. This is why ICI has been working since its inception, with its partners. , for quality education for all children in cocoa growing communities.Therefore, the establishment, in cocoa communities, in schools, respecting the standards recommended by the competent authorities and the implementation of related activities aimed at supporting the education of children.Children in cocoa communities are the future of our cocoa producing countries ”.

Residents of Koffi Yaokro in Soubré will receive the keys to their new school on June 23. These two new schools are already registered on the school map.

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