Here's an update computer training at the schoolFor the last three months, which was the school holiday period, we intensified studies for our computer classes. The computer training targeted children and youth who had finished Certificate of Primary Education. The beneficiaries learned the following computer skills:
In addition, they learned a range of related IT skills including binding, photocopying and laminating. Many of were quick to learn and complete practical sessions. The training will continue during the school period.To date, 80 beneficiaries are now computer literate. They can use computers to write their own personal stories and experiences. They can also write a letter. At least half of the ones who are in high school have set up an email address and created a Facebook account.Challenges Encountered: Most of the beneficiaries came in late for the sessions – which made them miss some sessions. Also we did not have consistent power / electricity. Another key challenge is the insufficiency of computers when doing practical sessions. One of the class 8 pupils, called September, had this to say “I am very excited about learning computers. It’s fun and enjoyable. I am confident and look forward to learning more in the future especially when I go to college” Thanks to your on-going support, we continue to offer this essential training that is preparing the children for college and life as a whole in our computer-aided society. This training is giving them the basic foundation that they need for success and its exciting to see them grow and develop - all thanks to your support!
Dear friends, donors and well-wishers,For the past three months, more pupils have been trained in the school, 140 students in total attended computer classes, 40 from the neighboring villages and 100 students from our school. Subjects they studied included computer basics; Windows operating system, and Microsoft Office Software, including Word, Excel and Power Point. These students, after graduating from their computer classes are better equipped to obtain a job with their newly acquired skills. The school year just closed and included in this report are a few photos taken at the end of the semester / graduation day. 2012 is bringing many more opportunities to students who want to study computers, as the Bitame Lucia School has plans to enroll more students in the months to come. We are excited about the open door to help prepare these children for life in our computer-enabled society. Thank you for supporting this project.Upcoming Father's Day Gift Suggestion: In closing, we wanted to let you know of the on-going opportunity to make a donation in honor of the special person in your life. A donation to this project is a fantastic (and easy) gift for Dad on Father’s Day! You can make a donation as a gift to your Dad on this project by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will then send your Dad or the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GlobalGiving offers several fun card designs and you will have the option of choosing a design customized for this project, using the project’s main photo (this option is available for email and print-at-home cards).Fathers - you can also request this as your Father's day gift!Make your donation in Father's honor and support a great cause today! Thanks again for all you do to help provide computer training!
As shared in our last report, the class 4 and 5 pupils have learned to produce the school newsletters and class registers. They are able to register data for each pupil such as birthdays, absentees, role calls, sick permission etc. The children have developed data on the tree planting exercises that were carried out around the school environment and the surrounding communities. This amazing success is due, in large part, to your generosity.Apart from the Bitame Lucia School pupils close to 40 children in the past three months from the neighboring communities have been trained in the computer room, and this has gone a long way to bring a change in the community and the way children and parents look at communication and computer education. Bearing in mind that, it has been introduced in the national school curriculum in Cameroon from Primary 1. The generous donations we receive every year go directly to the children and community and help to provide a better future for them. In the ICT competition among primary schools that was organized in the Mefou - Afamba District where the school is located, the Bitame Lucia School came first, and the parents were greatly impressed. Parents from neighboring communities are coming up to enroll their children. We thank you very much for your continued support, in keeping this centre moving. Want to help be a part of making more change happen? Starting at 12:00 am EDT on Wednesday March 14th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations made through www.globalgiving.org (including this project) up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will be supersized and become $130! $1000 will become $1300. This is an amazing opportunity to make your donations go even further and help us do even more. We would so very much appreciate your support - that will help us continue to provide training to these children. Thanks for your support. Thank you change maker!
Warm greetings-We are delighted to report that over the last three months, the trainees and international volunteers at the computer project have shown tremendous computer skills. In the last month, the children at school participated in an E-class organized by Better World Cameroon with another school in UK. The teachers of our school also joined the program. During their classes, they learned a lot of new things concerning their curriculum and how subjects are taught in the UK. We are very grateful to Better World Cameroon for initiating this project. The School has also benefitted from the computer project as it has now established its own newsletter. The trainees are able to use the various skills to create a newsletter which initially CAPEC used to go to Yaoundé City to have it done. We are very excited by this development. It is great to see young people doing great things. The newsletter is a great move for CAPEC. In this newsletter, we will also be covering other activities such as the tree planting in local communities around. We plan to also share this with you in the coming months. It will include photography and videography. Included in this report is a Merry Christmas greeting photo from the children and Staff at the CAPEC school. This project continues to establish a brighter future for these wonderful children and you are an important part of this process. Thanks so much for your on-going support - helping to support this initiative and make a positive difference in the lives of these children - the future leaders of Cameroon.
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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.
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