Apart from these three main associations, Societe Generale also supports other associations in other African countries involved in professional or educational integration activities and projects enabling integration through sports and cultural activities. These activities form part of our bank's social mission for the development of Africa.
La Chaîne des Foyers Saint-Nicodème
La Chaîne des Foyers Saint-Nicodème works with problem children and young people in Cameroon, helping them to integrate into society. It operates four centres located in disadvantaged areas in Nyalla, New Bell, Nylon-Brazzaville and PK 24, which provide schooling, professional training and family mediation. Every year, it helps to integrate more than 200 young people. Since its creation, the association has helped 8,000 young people, 5,500 of which are now firmly integrated into society.
Project approved in February 2018: Professional integration of young people in Douala
This programme is structured into three components:
1. Training for young women in the district of Nyalla in ceramics, sewing/embroidery, catering, secretarial skills or hairdressing/beauty therapy, and qualification with a certificate after two years. The girls also get a chance to catch up with their school education during this training and can benefit from personal support. Three months of work experience is offered by one of the association's partner companies.
2. Training and a qualification for young men at external institutions in growth sectors such as the mechanical, IT and hotel industries (La Salle and CEFOR institutes).
3. Assistance in entrepreneurial activities: preparation of a business plan and help in establishing the activity (financing and follow-up).
Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD)
The Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement implements development projects in order to build environments in which people can discover their talents, build a better future for themselves, and assume a responsible role in their country. Since its creation in 1988, the IECD has developed expertise in three key areas:
- Training and professional integration of young people;
- Support for educational and healthcare structures.
The IECD operates in 15 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and is currently managing around fifty development projects.
Project approved in March 2018: Training in farming activities and integration of young people in Ivory Coast
This project ensures training and a qualification for young people in rural areas of Ivory Coast. Young people are trained and qualified in an agricultural or breeding profession as part of a comprehensive work/study training programme offered by 12 family farm schools (EFA) and a rural and agricultural entrepreneurship training institute (IFERA). Three types of training are provided:
1. One year at a family farm school (EFA) after which the students are qualified for an income-generating activity;
2. Three years at a family farm school (EFA) during which the student can develop a business plan under the "Ma Première Entreprise - MPE” scheme;
3. A three-year diploma course at the IFERA to gain further technical and managerial skills and obtain a vocational training certificate in agriculture.
The IECD draws on a network of local partners (companies and cooperatives) which provide work experience and is the preferred partner of the Ivory Coast family farm schools platform, PEFACI.
Kane Ya Makane
The Kane Ya Makane association believes that art and culture can play a significant role in helping to improve the welfare, education, and social and economic conditions of underprivileged populations. It works particularly with children, young people and women living in poor conditions in Morocco. It has three projects in operation:
- Tanouir +, which works to keep children from dropping out of public schools;
- Tanouiri Wa Mostakbali, a sociocultural programme providing assistance to school children in rural areas;
- Talents de femmes, which helps to empower women socio-economically by creating activities through which they can generate an income.
Project approved in May 2018: Tanouiri Wa Mostakbali
Tanouiri Wa Mostakbali is a rural schools project working to prevent children from dropping out of school and illiteracy. The children benefit from:
1. Weekly educational artistic workshops in various disciplines (theatre, story-telling, nursery rhymes, visual arts, film clubs) over a period of one-and-a-half hours and in groups of 15;
2. A French-language improvement programme. Evaluations are carried out to regularly assess students’ progress and regular meetings are held with French teachers to decide on additional assistance that Kane Ya Makane can provide on top of the national educational course;
3. Orientation sessions by an orientation advisor.
Parents, teachers and school heads also receive training and assistance throughout the duration of the three to four-year project.
For over 100 years, Societe Generale has been present in Africa and today counts activities in 18 countries. Beyond our commitment to local economies, the Group also supports and partners numerous charitable associations and projects through its Foundation and other local initiatives encouraging, for example, professional integration, the fight against social insecurity and skills development.
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