As part of our award-winning Tackling Child Labour report in 2019, we met with several children and their families in Côte d’Ivoire. A year later, we wanted to follow up with them to see how they were getting on now.


Adissa and Emmanuella both live in the same village in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2018 neither were going to school – and never had done. Adissa’s father is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. We found out that Adissa was not attending school through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan’s Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System – and discovered that her parents simply couldn’t afford to send her. Her friend Emmanuella was also not attending school for the same reason.

Both girls were offered a place at one of the bridge schools we had built along with the Jacobs Foundation. These are designed to help children in similar situations to catch up on missed schooling. Both girls excelled there, and when we met them in 2019, they had already successfully entered mainstream education. 

How have they gotten on since then? How successful has the bridging been in preparing them for school?


We wanted to find out, and we thought you might too. Learn more in the video below.


Adissa & Emmanuella: One Year On

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