Here are two examples of how practical help can enable children to continue with their education.
Nearly all schools in the NW Region have been closed for almost four years, but the teacher training college at Mbengwi has been struggling to keep open as often as possible for its students, who are training to become primary school teachers. 78 of its pupils (74 girls and 4 boys) have become Internally Displaced People in Bamenda and so the college decided to partially relocate to other premises in the city in order that they could complete their course. They have now enrolled onto a three month catch-up course which will enable them to catch up with all the work they have missed over the years and then take their final exams. The arrival of the pandemic in Cameroon looked likely to scupper this plan but fortunately, we have been able to support these students by funding this practical hand-washing unit to the school in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
C.S Mandenkwen is one of very few primary schools that have been able to keep open at all during the crisis. The pupils don’t wear uniform because they have to disguise the fact that they are attending school. They were preparing to take their end of year exams but, when the pandemic spread throughout Cameroon, they were prevented from going into school as they didn’t have face masks. Thankfully, we were able to provide these for them and their exams started today.