“Education is the door to freedom, democracy and development”
Access to quality education is a key factor in empowering children to become active participants in the transformation of their societies. It has been identified as one of the U.N’s 17 Global Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Yet there are still 57 million children in the world who are not enrolled in education and more than half of these live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Challenges in Cameroon
In Cameroon, with its significant lack of infrastructure and its increasingly isolated rural communities, there is a huge need for a programme of school building. Many of the existing buildings that we have seen are in such a poor state of repair that they are not only uninhabitable in the rainy season but also dangerously close to collapse.
What we have done
Since our first visit in 2006, we have developed a very strong relationship with our partner, SHUMAS, which has enabled the school building programme to develop extremely quickly across the whole country. We have been able to build new classrooms at nursery, primary, secondary, high and technical schools.
We have also funded other projects related to the well-being of school children. These include the refurbishment and equipping of rural health centres and the construction of community drinking water projects, as well as ad hoc projects such as the construction of a bridge to enable children safely to attend school.
There are still hundreds of schools that need help and we hope that we will be able to continue to provide the small assistance that enables SHUMAS to make such a huge difference to the lives of so many deserving children in Cameroon.