Nestlé reaches 40th school milestone: Tackling child labour in Côte d’Ivoire

Jun 15, 2015

Through its Cocoa Plan, Nestlé committed to building 40 schools in Côte d’Ivoire between 2012 and 2015, to address child labour on cocoa plantations and make access to education easier for 10,000 children and young people.

We recently achieved this milestone. View the images below and learn about how building schools improves life for both kids and the wider communities where they live.

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) built or refurbished most of the new schools in Côte d’Ivoire on Nestlé’s behalf, while the International Cocoa Initiative is our main partner in helping to implement our system to prevent child labour.

Community liaison people chosen by their local communities work within our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), to gather data on whether children of farmers are involved in child labour rather than non-hazardous work that doesn’t interfere with schooling.

According to the WHO, around 1.6 million children die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases, with the vast majority caused by unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation and bad hygiene. The WHO says that simple hand washing can cut diarrhoea morbidity by 37.5 per cent.

Children learn how to grow food crops including okra, pepper, eggplant and corn.

New schools are a hub for community activities, since they are typically the largest and best built buildings in villages.