Fight Against the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Mme Yao Patricia Sylvie, Secr+®taire Ex+®cutive du CNS a traduit le message de Mme Dominique Ouattara  aux populations d'Abokro

The National Oversight Committee (CNS) has taken a new step in its willingness to eradicate the phenomenon of child labor in Côte d'Ivoire. Thus, that structure has decided to go from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28, September, 2013 to meet the people in cocoa growing areas. The purpose of this first visit of its kind: raising awareness on the issue of child labor and visit community projects by chocolate industries.

This is literally the foot to the floor that the delegation led by Mrs. Patricia Yao Sylvie, Executive Secretary of the CNS has set sail, on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 , during the first day of the tour, on communities in Abokro in the department of San Pedro, and Kragui in the department of Méagui . In these villages, community projects to encourage the education of children has been made by chocolate group Barry Callebaut and Mars in partnership with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry ( ICRAF ) and the local populations.

The CNS’ delegation began its journey by Abokro. In this camp of 16 families, lost in cocoa orchards, Barry Callebaut company, through its partner program quality ( PPQ ) in partnership with the Agricultural Cooperative of Glibiagui ( Coopagli ) built a progressive school for the populations. Out of the ground to replace the clay classes built around 2006, the school has 03 new classrooms, a canteen, an office for the director; 03 teachers housing and a nurses housing, new latrines and an infirmary. All powered by solar energy and a water tower. 250 pupils are regularly enrolled in that school.

After visiting this community project , N'Goran Kouadio, Barry Callebaut’s Front Office Manager said the aim of the project to the members of the delegation of the CNS . For the latter, the construction of these facilities will enable people to educate their children. For him, thechocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is fully fits with the vision of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, President of CNS, which states that the child's place is in school and not on the cocoa plantations.