Wednesday, December 05, 2007

COTE D'IVOIRE: Tend to cattle then go to class

This is too funny. Côte d'Ivoire is making the news. I'd like to think its because of SPIIDERWEB™. Just check out this and my profile.
Shortly before noon 7-year-old Kolotioloma Soro, her 9-year-old sister Anne-Marie and a crowd of other children tie up their cattle to bushes and sit under a giant tree for a brief rest before their school lessons.
After a meal of millet cakes and milk, the children retrieve slates and chalk they keep tucked away in nearby underbrush then situate themselves in straight rows on the ground under the tree. "The teacher will be here shortly," Kolotioloma says. "We'll review a bit before he arrives."

The children – in Fapaha village in Côte d'Ivoire's north-central Korhogo region – are part of a programme, sponsored by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and run by the local NGO 'Animation Rurale de Korhogo' (ARK), to provide schooling to children who spend their days tending to family crops or livestock.

For those who missed my question in that earlier post (link above under "this") about where Côte d'Ivoire is, I've provided a map this time. Yes! Its in Africa on the Gold Coast.

American children and children in much of the West take school for granted. Its something available and, though they may hate it, its relatively easy to attend. not so for millions of children who are too poor or are expected to work in lieu of school.

Via Reuters.



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