Dear Project Supporters,
Thank YOU, for your continued support. Because of YOU, more children at Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School are learning basic computer skills with the new computers we received.
Since our last report, the students enjoyed Easter break away from school. No activities were scheduled while school was closed for the holiday break. So, the children were happy to return to class to continue their studies and computer learning.
Books are one of the foundational tools for learning. Many of our children do not have any books at home. The school needs an adequate range of books that they could use to promote reading.
This video gives you a glimpse into the importance of books in the education of children in Cameroon.
The primary language of children in this area of Cameroon is French and by enhancing their knowledge of English, the children are being better prepared for life as global citizens.
We are grateful for all YOUR support. Through these books, the children are developing a love for reading and learning -- which are important keys to success in life.
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Thanks so much. We appreciate YOU!
Develop Africa team
The last three months were full of school activities, excursions, Christmas performances, and a visit to the hospital for vaccines. School examinations were written before the Christmas celebrations began, and the school enjoyed a two week break before the second term began in January 2015.Class 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed an excursion to a brewery where they learned how soft drinks are produced and the school choir visited the Hilton Hotel where they took pictures. The parents enjoyed a Christmas performance by the pupils and teachers that included dance, music, nativity drama, rhymes and poems, a fashion show, arts and crafts display, and a journalism club news presentation. Children from 0-5 years old visited the District hospital in Soa to receive their polio vaccinations.Our volunteers were very instrumental in making the school and Christmas activities successful. They also played a very important role for the children and teachers at our school during the school year. Several Christmas gifts were donated to the children by our friends and volunteers.
We are forever grateful to YOU for support of us through this GlobalGiving project. With your help, we are positively changing the lives of children in Cameroon.
Thanks to your generous support, we spent the last three months building our new school classrooms. Activities were focused on buying building materials - molding blocks and concrete - to get the classrooms ready for the next academic year scheduled for September 2014.An excited group of kids arrived early on the 15th of September, the first day of school re-opening, and shouted “Wow” as they couldn’t imagine that they had a new building. Thanks in part to your support and the support of other organizations like EducAIDed Netherlands, Develop Africa and CAPEC, the students has modern, spacious and well ventilated classrooms.The new classrooms enabled an additional 50 kids to attend school along with the 300 kids we had last year, bringing the total to 350 accommodated students. We look forward to adding a library and additional classroom to meet the demands of the new school.Studies are going well so far, though we are just a month into the school year. Kids are keeping up with their lessons. In the next two weeks, class 5 and 6 pupils will visit Brasseries du Cameroon to see and learn how juice/soft drinks are manufactured by a brewery.We sincerely thank you for your contributions. We need your materials, moral and financial support to forge ahead. With your help, we can positively change the lives of children in Cameroon.
It’s been a busy summer – full of progress so far. To close off the year, we had our year-end exams. The class 6 pupils took the public exams which will enable them to move into Secondary School. They all passed and the school scored 100%.It has been one month since we closed school for the summer holidays. Despite that, we are still very busy with different activities in school. We have started the summer program, so far close to 50 pupils are undergoing remedial learning, and last week, they had the opportunity to visit the French Cultural Centre and learn some of the activities they carried out in Cameroon. They watched some films, played games, listened to songs and toured the entire centre.The other good news is that, we started building the permanent structure at school. Since 2009, the classrooms have been temporary structures. Partly due to your contribution and support, next academic year which will begin in September 1st 2014, we will have new classrooms.We are more than grateful for all the opportunities our children are getting both academically and in extra curriculum activities. The chance to stay in school, learn and participate in several activities has been achieved only because of your recurring donations towards their education. Thanks so much for your kind assistance
It's been a busy season of educational excursions for us here in Cameroon. Hope you have had a good year so far.We realize that education extends outside the classroom - so we have been providing excursions to different locations to ensure our children have a diversified and complete education experience. YOUR support has helped make this possible. As part of the Youth Week activities the kids visited a number of locations that they had never visited before. Starting on the 5th of February, the class 3 and 4 pupils visited the Reunification Monument under the Ministry of Art and Culture. During the two hours guided tour, the children were guided by Uncle Emmanuel and Aunties Solange and Comfort. They welcomed and took the pupils around explaining the origin and importance of the monument.On the 8th of February, class 5 and 6 of our school went to an excursion to Mefou Park, a sanctuary for apes and monkeys near Yaoundé, to discover new things which we have never known before. During the trip, guided by a fellow of the park, we saw monkeys and apes. Our guide explained that the main work of the sanctuary is to protect animals and ensure they survive. The animals are kept in a piece of land surrounded by a fence to keep from running away - where they might be harmed or might harm humans. We learnt that the most important difference between monkeys and apes is that the apes don’t have tails, and they resemble humans more than the monkeys in reasoning. New animals that arrive in the sanctuary are kept in quarantine, in order to examine them before they join the others.Our visit to Mefou was not just about animals, but we also had a small walk in the forest, where we saw the two biggest trees of the park, the Babena, which is 200 years old, and the Ebeche which in French is commonly called Ayos. We enjoyed nature and the fresh air - and we learned a lot about the importance of protecting our natural environment and the animals.The class two pupils accompanied by two teachers, Madam Pauline and Mr. Vincent, two volunteers and Madam Collette, the founder of the school with forty-seven pupils and two school buses went to visit the Conference Centre in Yaounde. The Bitame Lucia family was warmly welcome by the workers of the centre and one of them was assigned to take pupils and teachers round.The first stop was the biggest room in the centre, a well-furnished hall with beautiful chairs and well-decorated red carpet on the floor, where the President of the Republic usually has the international meetings with his peers. We were told that the hall can host two thousand people. We also stopped for a moment at the entrance of a smaller room, the place where Senators usually have their meetings. This hall was restricted from entering.The last room that we visited was a General Hall which can host two hundred people. Here the children had the opportunity to put on earphone and microphones and take some pictures. From there we moved to the restaurant of the centre. This concluded our trip.
Thanks for reading through all this! We wanted to give you the opportunity to read through the experiences of the kids that YOU helped make possible. Please take a look at the phots linked in this report. Does this bring back any memories of excursions you went to when you were growing up?We would deeply appreciate your donation today - helping to ensure that these children have a rich education. Thanks so much for your on-going support!
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