A new school has replaced the makeshift classrooms built of wood and covered with tarpaulins that were previously used in Ménégbé, a cocoa-growing community located in San-Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire.
The school, built with the support of Barry Callebaut, was recently inaugurated in the presence of local and administrative authorities. It consists of six classrooms plus a principal's office, a kindergarten classroom, a canteen and two latrine blocks with three cubicles for boys and girls and administrative staff. A human-powered pump has also been installed.
Othniel Sanou, a CM2 student shared his thoughts: "The old school was very horrible. When it rained, the wind lifted the tarpaulins and we were soaked by the rain. I like the new school, especially the paintings, the blackboards, and the cabinets."