February 10, 2016

10/02/2016: Shining a light on Nestlé's school work, with Didier Drogba

Image: James Emery
The crowd erupts as the young Ivorian football star scores a goal...

He wheels away in celebration, and shares a high five with two-time African Footballer of the Year, Didier Drogba, former star of the Côte d’Ivoire national team and top club sides including Marseille and Chelsea.

But this isn’t the African Cup of Nations Final, played out in front of thousands of spectators, the Nestlé website says.

It’s a ‘kick around’ on a dusty pitch in a small village in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa-producing nation.

And the goal scorer is a small child, playing alongside his countryman and hero. It’s the stuff of dreams.

Visiting this village in Côte d’Ivoire today, Didier Drogba sends out a powerful message on the importance of education, sustainability and sport in the country.

It’s a message that resonates in the classroom of the newly built school, where he shows the excited children a special ball which, he explains, will store kinetic energy when they play football together.

Connecting sport and education
“It’s a magic ball, right?” he says, demonstrating how, once charged, this football can be used to power a lamp. In the evenings the children can use it to help them do their homework.

Education is a fundamental human right, something we take for granted in developed countries. But in Côte d’Ivoire it’s a dream for many, after thousands of classrooms were destroyed in recent civil conflict.

Read the full article HERE
The Didier Drogba Foundation is a charity that "aims to provide support to the Ivorian people and vulnerable Africa in the field of health and education." Visit the site HERE

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