Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The existence of school canteens in Cote d'Ivoire is a contributing factor to success in elementary school examinations, according to the national director of school canteens, Odette Loan Lago Daleba.
At a preparatory workshop for the 2004-2005 school year, Daleba noted that during the 2002/2003 year, schools equipped with canteens recorded 67.
8 per cent success at the First School Leaving Certificate (CEPE) examination, against 59.
46 per cent for schools without such facilities.
From 3,400 canteens before the September 2002 insurrection, the number was now up to 3,600, even after dropping to 1,500 at the beginning of the crisis.
With this number, Daleba said some 522,164 pupils would by the end of the school year have consumed 6,068 tonnes of food served in the canteens, run countrywide by some 465 cooperative groupings.