Knowledge for Children

Knowledge for Children (KforC), believes that knowledge is the key to positive development in Cameroon. KforC invests in education for children in the rural areas of Cameroon. KforC accomplishes this by adopting a professional modus operandi with a clear focus on results. We believe that sustainability when KforC phases out of each project is the key to long term success. KforC has therefore adopted a participatory approach in which teachers and parents are key stakeholders in each project.

Knowledge for Children
Knowledge for Children, P.O. Box 100, Kumbo, Bui Division, North West Region
Kumbo, North West region 237
Cameroon
237 94197433
http://www.knowledgeforchildren.org

Board Chairman

Mr. Maimo Jacob Shiynyuy

Management Team

Maimo Divine, Jerica Van Niekerk, Wilco Wolfs, Losha Mark

Board of Directors

Maimo Jacob Shiynyuy, wirkom Fidelis, Tamfu John, Maimo Divine, Jerica Van Niekerk, Wilco Wolfs, Losha Mark

Project Leaders

Devine Suiven

Mission

Knowledge for Children (KforC), believes that knowledge is the key to positive development in Cameroon. KforC invests in education for children in the rural areas of Cameroon. KforC accomplishes this by adopting a professional modus operandi with a clear focus on results. We believe that sustainability when KforC phases out of each project is the key to long term success. KforC has therefore adopted a participatory approach in which teachers and parents are key stakeholders in each project.

Programs

1).Schoolbookprogram In Cameroon the schoolbags of most children generally contain something to eat, but almost never any schoolbooks. In the Netherlands children have, on average, 12 schoolbooks each. In Cameroon, in a class of 60 children, 2 children will actually have schoolbooks. The quality of education in Cameroon evidently has a lot of room for improvement. The fact that parents are unable to purchase books for their children puts a great amount of pressure on teachers, who only have the classroom blackboard to teach the children what they need to know. Many children leave primary education without being able to read or write. Knowledge for Children recognises this problem and contributes to an increased quality of education by donating schoolbooks to primary schools. Acquiring the skills of arithmetic and reading through good education gives children the means to create a better future for themselves, a chance that their parents never had. The book norm of Knowledge for Children is three schoolbooks per child in every school. This means that two children who share a desk have a total of six books for the following subjects: English, Mathematics, French, Environmental Studies, History and Geography. According to the book plan this goal will be achieved for each school after five years of assistance by Knowledge for Children. After five years each school will receive a further three years of assistance while working towards full autonomy. As soon as the program starts at a new school, the school sets up its own book foundation with which they can purchase extra books and replace old ones. This book foundation continually expands through the years as the school remains in the schoolbook programme .2) HIV/Aids and Malaria Education As is the case in many African countries, HIV/Aids and Malaria is a major problem in Cameroon, and affects many families and children. Half a million people in Cameroon are infected with HIV/Aids and there are a quarter of a million Aids orphans. Many misconceptions exist on how one can become infected with HIV/Aids and how to interact with those who are already infected. Furthermore, every year around one million Cameroonians become infected with Malaria, among these are many children. Knowledge for Children aims to contribute to a better future with an abundance of opportunities by giving education in these areas from an early age. This is important because both boys and girls are sexually active from an early age, while their behavioral patterns are not yet fully developed and can therefore still be shaped. The education for HIV/Aids and Malaria prevention is given to parents and teachers in cooperation with local hospitals. Additionally, Knowledge for Children has started a research amongst primary school children in order to ascertain the scale and core of these glaring issues. 3). Structural Exchange of Knowledge In development aid it is more important to give someone a fishing rod than the actual fish itself. By joining forces we can accomplish much more for children in Cameroon. Knowledge for Children believes that knowledge is the key to development. The exchange of knowledge between schools, school principals, teachers, parents and institutions is important to ensure that even more knowledge becomes available to even more children. In this sense Knowledge for Children cooperates with Cameroonian experts during interactive seminars in which the quality of education and a proper use of schoolbooks are the central themes. The exchange of knowledge between experienced and less-experienced schools is the focal point of these sessions. In addition to this Knowledge for Children works together with municipalities, inspectors of primary education, local hospitals and other organisations in order to improve the quality of education.

Statistics on Knowledge for Children

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $121,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $121,000
  • Other funding sources: 70% corporations, 25% individual donors, 5%community contributions
  • Religious Affiliation: none

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