Nestlé Côte d'Ivoire is committed to the fight against child labor in cocoa farming. Today 31 October 2012 in Zibouyaokro, in the Department of Gagnoa, It proceeds at the official inauguration of the first classrooms as part of its program to improve access to education for children from the rural communities of Cote d’Ivoire. This donation that shows there is good collaboration with UCDG, CARGILL is the fruit of the partnership between NESTLÉ and the World Cocoa Foundation of which it is a member.
The initiative is conducted as part of the project to build and rehabilitate schools for the benefit of the rural communities where the members of the cooperative partners of the Cocoa Plan live. This program is part of the National Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor. NESTLÉ is committed to helping improve education in Côte d'Ivoire, making it more attractive for children in cocoa-producing areas to fight the worst forms of child labor. Six (6) latrines are built for each block of 3 classes offered. For this new school year 2012, twelve (12) schools are offered to the cooperative communities that have joined the Cocoa Plan. Over the next 2 years, NESTLÉ will build and rehabilitate 40 schools. In this program, NESTLÉ provides grants to families for children's schooling, women's entrepreneurship, and adult literacy and agricultural training. This project of about 400 million FCFA will ultimately benefit nearly 16,000 people. The group's initiative is to contribute to fight effectively against the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa zones and to improve the living conditions of the communities. This is a way to contribute to the effort of the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara to eradicate the phenomenon.