“We support education programs because we believe they help strengthen cocoa farming communities.” Jean-Ponce Assi, Secretary General, Barry Callebaut SACO
Expanding education opportunities
Remote farming communities in West Africa often lack sufficient schools and qualified teachers. Attracting teachers to remote areas also presents a significant challenge.
In 2010 Barry Callebaut initiated 2 rural school construction projects with 2 cooperatives in cocoa growing communities and the local authorities. Since then, Barry Callebaut has continued to contribute to educational infrastructure, building about 2 new rural schools each year.
Our long-term goal is to support cooperatives in our Quality Partner Program in their efforts to build primary schools in cocoa farming communities that currently don’t have their own schools.
The rural school facilities meet basic needs. They consist of a building with 3 classrooms and an office for teachers, plus separate latrines for boys and girls. A water well is provided on the premises for community use. Electricity is provided by a system of solar panels. As an incentive to attract qualified teachers to the areas, the projects also include providing housing options for teachers.