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Didier Drogba opens fully furnished school for Ivorian village

The educational facility established under the auspices of the Didier Drogba Foundation with support from Nestle and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) will house some 350 children in the rural cocoa growing community.

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The educational facility established under the auspices of the Didier Drogba Foundation with support from Nestle and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) will house some 350 children in the rural cocoa growing community.

The Didier Drogba Foundation, Nestlé and ICI share the common objective of helping children live healthier lives and helping develop thriving resilient communities. Like any public school, the Didier Drogba school will be handled to the government to run, Nestle said.

The ex-Ivorian international footballer says “We have been working on this project for the last two years and I am very proud to see it completed. The belief of my foundation has always been if we give children access to health and education, we will build future generations of doctors, scientists, businessmen and women and that is how we build a better Africa.

“When I started working with Nestlé. I explained our vision and they have given us great logistical help and support on the ground to make the construction of this school a reality.”

The facility will replace an existing school in Pokou-Kouamekro which was made of mud and lacked the necessary infrastructure. It comprises of 6 classrooms, a kindergarten class, a school canteen, school latrines, a football field and 3 teachers’ homes to attract qualified teachers.

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