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CNN team helps build Mali school

A group of Turner employees from the UK, Germany and Italy visited Mali to help the community build a school.

PHOTO: Plan staff
A group of Turner employees from the UK, Germany and Italy visited Mali to help the community build a school.

PHOTO: Plan staff
March 20, 2009

Plan’s work with school children in Mali was the subject of a recent CNN program, which featured employees from the news channel helping a community build a school.

‘Backstory’ followed the progress of a Plan school improvement program in the Kangaba District and features employees from the news channel helping the community build a school.

As part of the partnership with Plan, Turner Broadcasting (owners of CNN) will support a project which will provide 150 students with access to better education through a new school building, a healthy and safe environment through the construction of water boreholes and child-friendly latrines, and better school governance through such initiatives as pupils’ committees.

Watch video of the visit via CNN’s website.

Supporting sustainability

In addition to resulting in much-needed infrastructure, the project will also train community members in effective school management. New school committees will be responsible for better school governance and maintenance, ensuring the program is sustainable well into the future.

“It was a fantastic experience for the visitors and the community,” said Thiekoro Coulibaly, Plan Mali Sponsorship Coordinator.

“We all learned a lot from each other and found friends for life,” added Donna Lewis from Turner Broadcasting.

Turner Broadcasting has furthermore donated TV advertising space to Plan to promote our child sponsorship program across their networks and on the CNN website, resulting in increased awareness of Plan’s work across the world.

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