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Pupils take on multinational over cocoa kids

Fraser & Emma hold a response from Nestle after the class of P6 wrote to the company about their use of slave labour.

Fraser & Emma hold a response from Nestle after the class of P6 wrote to the company about their use of slave labour.

Selkirk schoolchildren are lobbying the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron over working conditions for children on cocoa farms in Africa.

Knowepark primary’s P6 crusade came about from the “dream for the world” topic they were studying with teacher Rachel Wilson.

The youngsters wrote to food and beverage firm Nestlé, who replied saying it had “a plan of action”, but didn’t explain what it was – so the children asked for more information.

Nestlé replied this week “using words the children couldn’t understand”, said Mrs Wilson.

“They said they monitored the co-operatives supplying Nestlé with cocoa beans and that they had a cocoa plan, but they didn’t say what it was.”

The multinational ended its letter saying it couldn’t comment further.

“That’s when the children decided to take it further,” said Mrs Wilson.

“They have written to yourselves, First Minister Alex Salmond, the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron, the BBC. They’ve written to the council and we’ve contacted MSP John Lamont who said he’s going to write to Nestlé.

“They have really jumped on this and they’re excited about it, I think because they have never thought about it before.

“Chocolate is an everyday part of our lives. They realised it was children their age suffering just so they could enjoy a moment’s pleasure – and these children have never tasted chocolate”

 

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