In his visit to a school in the northern region of the country, Andrew Haviland thanked AVSI for all the quality work done in the last year
In her speech, Mrs. Karidia Koné Soukoule, Director of School Canteens of the Ministry of National Education, thanked the US Government and all the actors involved in the implementation of the program. Since the beginning of this program in November 2016, 125,000 children have been able to eat a hot lunch at noon. She stressed that feeding children in school has had a beneficial effect on student failure rates, which have decreased from 20% in 2011 to 7% in 2016 in Sohouo school.
On behalf of all the students who benefited from the project, Véronique Yeo Yelé, 6th grader thanked the American people for their generosity in helping children in Ivory Coast. In her speech, she imparted the traditional Fotamana welcome, a greeting given to all visitors to express their welcome in the local language, Senoufo.
"Thanks to this project, we eat well and we are healthy. In addition, the 1st and 2nd graders have benefited from the appropriate teaching tools and materials to learn how to read well,” said Véronique, who also thanked the WFP, AVSI and DCS for their efforts and work.
After the various speeches, Mr. Haviland symbolically handed over the dry rations of food to the parents of the girls in 6th grade. He then distributed and gave mobile libraries, didactic games, reading boards and other reading and learning materials to the directors of the eight surrounding schools (Fodonition, Koni, Bodonon, Tawara , Zemogokaha, Kotcherie, Karafigué and Sohouo).
The Chargé d'Affaires and the delegation then visited the 2nd grade class to observe how the teacher and students use AVSI's materials and teaching tools. Interested in the lesson, Mr. Haviland exchanged ideas with the teacher of the class before giving the students a gift of books as a sign of encouragement for this very worthwhile initiative and approach to the mobile libraries set up by AVSI. Before leaving the village, the Diplomat and the delegation saw the students having lunch in the canteen.
In the afternoon, a working session was held at the WFP office in Korhogo. WFP and AVSI staff presented the achievements of the activities, the impact, the challenges and the successes thus far in the implementation of the program. At the end of the working session, Mr. Haviland said that he appreciated the level of implementation and expressed his availability to mobilize funds from other donors to meet unmet needs, including support for agricultural groups, which provides and makes possible school feedings.