Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, President of Children Of Africa officially launched, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, the campaign to distribute school kits to schoolchildren in Côte d'Ivoire for the school year 2019-2020.
The launching ceremony took place at the Treichville Regional School Group in the presence of Mrs Clarisse Duncan, wife of the Vice-President of the Republic, Mrs Patricia Ahoussou, wife of the President of the Senate, Mrs Kandia Camara, Minister of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training and many other personalities.
For this new school year, 12,000 school kits will be distributed free of charge to schoolchildren in the country. These kits consist of school bags, books and various school supplies. As part of the launching ceremony, 5,000 school kits were distributed in the District of Abidjan, including 2,000 to the Regional School Group of Treichville. In addition to assistance provided to parents, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara also offered in kind and in cash donations to the people worth more than 37 million F CFA. The total cost of the distribution of school kits for this year is estimated at 165 million F CFA.
For Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, President of Children Of Africa, this ceremony is very important because it allows all children to have access to a good education. "This donation is of particular importance to us because it is essential to promote access to education for all our children, a sine qua non condition for an equitable and sustainable development of our populations," said Ms. Dominique Ouattara. Also, according to the President of Children Of Africa, the distribution launch ceremony aims to offer the same education opportunity to the most disadvantaged children. "This approach aims to encourage and facilitate the enrolment of children and especially the most disadvantaged among them, in order to offer everyone the opportunity in life," she said.
120,000 school kits distributed for 21 years
Taking this opportunity, the wife of the Head of State praised the efforts of the government in its education policy, including compulsory schooling for all children aged 6 to 16 years. she recalled that eucation is one of the three pillars on which the Children of Africa Foundation focused its action. , According to Ms. Dominique Ouattara, a good education guarantees a better future for children that is why, the Children Of Africa Foundation has deided to provide its support to parents in their efforts to enrol their children by distributing thousands of free school kits for 21 years. "(...) To date, the Foundation has distributed 120,000 school kits since its inception," said Ms. Dominique Ouattara.
Mrs. Kandia Kamissokoko Camara, Minister of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training was delighted with this initiative which represents a real breath of fresh air not only for the parents of the students but also for the Government. The Minister of National Education revealed that efforts still had to be made to ensure access to education for all children despite all the efforts made by the Government. She recalled that last September her Ministry had launched the distribution of more than 4 million school kits and 250,000 table-benches for all primary schools in the country. Also, in view of the increase in the number of children attending school, the initiative of the Children of Africa Foundation, according to Mrs. Kandia Camara, needs to be encouraged.
Minister Albert Francois Amichia, Mayor of Treichville thanked Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for her constant solicitude towards his municipality.
Mr. Adopeau Athanase, a member of Coges and Miss Sy Habibatou Victoire, a student at the Regional School Group also took the opportunity to express her thanks Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for her commitment to the most disadvantaged.
It should be noted that the children of the School Group offered a magnificent painting to their generous donor.