Develop Africa, Inc.

The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. Our focus is on impacting and changing lives.
Aug 1, 2011

Visit By GlobalGiving Interns and Summer Activities

GlobalGiving Interns Visit CAPEC School
GlobalGiving Interns Visit CAPEC School

The summer holidays are well in progress here and most of the school is on break – with the exception about 50 children in “catch up” or “make up” class in English and Mathematics.  Through your generous support and contribution, education materials are provided for them.

We were very happy to receive Laurel and Meg from GlobalGiving this summer. They visited the school and talked with some of the children and teachers.  Read a post card submitted by Meg about her visit to the school.

We are fortunate to have the support of volunteers this summer and we appreciate their commitment. Our volunteers this year include Adele-Lou Robin from France, Erwan from France, Stella from Italy and Nicole from United Kingdom. They are all presently in Cameroon and helping us with teaching English and Mathematics.

Thanks to your support, during the last three months we have equipped the office to identify more than 10 kids who need education and will be enrolled in the next academic year.  We have also bought English and Mathematics Text Book for all the pupils at school. We were also able to provide recreation trip for the kids at the Mvog Besti Zoo. It was the first time most of the students were seeing a real and live lion and other wild animals.

We count on your on-going support to help provide these children with school and teaching supplies and school uniforms. We value children as individuals and place them at the center of all we do.

Our school strives to foster an inclusive environment where children feel secure, learning is enjoyed, and good behavior is expected and rewarded. Respect, responsibility, leadership and initiative are actively promoted and all contributions are valued. We strive for excellence in all we do. All members of the school community are encouraged to work to their full potential and achieve to the best of their ability.

Finally, a moment of humor – here’s a link to a Youtube video where you can see the children and a teacher dancing.

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Aug 1, 2011

Bitame Lucia School Dreams of Computers

Alima, the proud holder of a 20/20 average in Math
Alima, the proud holder of a 20/20 average in Math

Hi, my name is Laurel Chor and I am visiting all of GlobalGiving's projects in Cameroon this summer...

Here's what I learned during my visit to the project that you donated to!

It was impossible to leave Bitame Lucia School without a huge smile on my face. Right outside the hustle and bustle of the country's capital, the children had a beautiful view, space to play, and new friends from all over the world to learn from. Although regular school is not currently in session, the Cameroon Association for the Education and Protection of Children (CAPEC) is currently running a lively summer school for free. With little to no summer activities available or affordable for children in these parts, most would be selling food or trinkets on the streets instead.

Right now, there are four summer volunteers from around the world, in addition to two Cameroonian teachers--an excellent teacher-to-student ratio by any standard! French is the language to learn if one wants to advance in Cameroonian society, but parents are still aware that English is the key to success in the world outside. Hence, this school is instructed entirely in English.

Many of the children are on scholarships, and for those who can pay, the tuition is very affordable. The classrooms are spacious, and had more than enough room for all of the maximum of 30 students per class. Money raised through GlobalGiving provided the school with a shiny new roof after the old one collapsed during a rainstorm. Many of the children here are only able to attend thanks to GlobalGiving donors like yourselves!

Children here are presented with an amazing array of opportunities and support: a uniform, some school supplies, an annual field trip, after-school activities, mentoring and counseling, and even opportunities to become pen pals with students in the UK! Ultimately, CAPEC's dream is to acquire computers and install internet access for their students.

The solar panels would enable them to have a reliable power supply while allowing them to save costs. CAPEC has not been able to acquire enough funding for the solar panels or computers yet, and is anxious for the day when their students have access to their very own lab. We have visited several schools in Cameroon, and met teachers struggling to teach their students the computer skills they need without even an electricity supply. Cameroon is phasing in a computer science section in their national exams, and schools like Bitame Lucia are desperately trying to keep up.

The students, teachers and volunteers!
The students, teachers and volunteers!
A visually-impaired student learning English
A visually-impaired student learning English

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Jul 25, 2011

Postcard from the Bitame Lucia School in Cameroon

English class
English class

My name is Meg Dallett, and I’m an In the Field intern with GlobalGiving in Cameroon this summer. I’m traveling around the country visiting all the GlobalGiving-partnered NGOs, and I’m writing this postcard to pass on some of what I’ve seen to the donors who have given to this organization. ...

When I met Alima, she marched right up to me to say hi while other children ran yelling around the playground during recess. She is eight years old, she said, and likes school very much. I asked what her favorite subject is, and she didn’t even hesitate—“Math!” she shouted, throwing her hands in the air. Why? “I have a twenty out of twenty,” she replied proudly. Further conversation was halted by the mob of kids nearly bowling me over to see my camera. Alima is one of about fifteen children ages 5-10 coming to the Bitame Lucia School for free classes during summer vacation, where she’s learning English, math and French as well as arts and sports. It’s a rare opportunity: without this school, most of these kids would probably be working on their families’ farms or walking along busy roadways selling candy or soda to motorists. Instead, we saw them listening attentively to their English teacher and enthusiastically raising their hands to be called up to the board. The school is run by the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC), which partners with the US-based organization Develop Africa. Ajomuzu Collette Bekaku, Founder and Executive Director of CAPEC, says she started the organization to address a whole host of injustices against children. “I grew up in a community where children suffered alone,” she says. CAPEC works on education, child labor, child marriage, orphanages, leadership, and soon disease prevention. In order to make the Bitame Lucia School as accessible as possible, it’s cheaper than average and many students are on scholarships. Collette also wants to give the kids opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise, so every now and then she organizes an educational outing, such as to the zoo. Collette spends all her time reaching out to international organizations and donors to give her kids the best opportunities possible, and is grateful for everything that’s come to the Bitame Lucia School through GlobalGiving. Recently, the roof of the school caved in during a rainstorm, and GlobalGiving funds were available to repair the damage just in time for vacation classes to begin. She hopes someday some of the donors will come visit the school! Just before we left, we visited the main classroom again and Collette asked the children if they wanted to thank the people in the other countries who helped them rebuild the roof. “THANK YOU!!!” they hollered in unison. Then they went back to sounding out the words on the blackboard.

English class
English class
Alima
Alima
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