STEM Education through Basketball

by Manengouba Foundation, Inc.
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball
STEM Education through Basketball

Dear Supporters,

We want to thank you for your continued support to help implement our ongoing projects in Africa. Our third edition of basketball camp called ‘’DREAM BIG’’ took place the weekend of February 6 and 7th, 2021 at the College Socka Bongue.

Adequate infrastructure and basics sport accessories and equipment have always been a challenge when it comes to organizing a basketball camp in Africa. The basketball field at our partner school needed some renovation. In preparation for this event, we renovated the field and added two basketball hoops.

As most sport activities are played outdoor in Africa and the conditions are not the best for cheap shoes, we brought dozens of boxes of basketball shoes, bags, socks and other basketball accessories. All these items were donated to the coaching staff and campers. Campers who were not able to afford a decent pair of shoes were given priority.

The “DREAM BIG” basketball camp brought together a little over 100 kids, aged 7 to 18 from the coastal and west region of Cameroon. We hosted 25 kids that came from out of town from Friday-Sunday, providing them with food and shelter. That same day in the evening, we organized educational talks for all campers with emphasis on S.T.E.M education and how to balance sport activities and schoolwork. Kids and parents who attended the evening discussion were very pleased.

On Saturday February 6, the camp started at 8am. Campers were divided in three separates group levels based on skills set; beginners, intermediate and advanced. All groups started with warm ups, then animations and creative games. All coaches assigned to each workstation followed their training work schedule. At noon, all activities stopped and all participants are a provided lunch. At 2pm, the activities restarted with ball handling, shooting drills and much more. Everything went as scheduled. We had few minor injuries.  Around 5pm, we organized 5 on 5 games for all categories to end the day.

On Sunday February 7, the camp resumed pretty much started as the day before, but with a slight difference after the lunch break. When all campers returned from break, they were evaluated per skill level.

To end the event, a gala match was organized between the coaching staff and a local basketball veteran club. At the end, each campers received a medal with a certificate.

It should be noted that students from the paramedical classes were present both days of the event. They did a special school project by playing the role of first aid responders. They handled several minor injuries and all received an A grade.

Thank you again for helping Manengouba Foundation build a stronger community within Nkongsamba, Cameroon. Please stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @manengouba.

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Dear supporters,

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing impacting everyday life, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your community health and peace.

The Collège Socka Bongue started to welcome returning students on Monday October 5, after a suspension of nearly seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All students and teachers must wear face masks and check their temperature regularly, said the school headmaster, Mrs. Elaine Epane.

Right now, the Manengouba Foundation faces new challenges. As we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we will continue to serve our communities as best we can. However, in order to ensure the safety of our community and ourselves, we have made necessary modifications to our programming that we would like to share with you.

Since our basic nursing program already aligns with COVID-19 efforts, we are doubling down on this work. We are doing this by focusing more on hands-on training and continuing inspiring young girls who strive to pursue careers in nursing. In addition to that, we anticipate renovating an existing lab and create a set of sanitation and hygiene education modules for the program. We are grateful to be in a situation that allows us to continue serving our community during this crisis.

Thank you again for helping Manengouba Foundation build a stronger community within Nkongsamba. Please stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share our work with friends and continue to support us. Visit www.manengouba.org  to donate and to learn about upcoming projects.

School Headmaster, Mrs. Elaine Epane
School Headmaster, Mrs. Elaine Epane
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Dear Supporters,

I hope you are doing well and staying strong during these historic times.

At the end of February as alarm bells began to sound on the growing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation programs and activities had to go into a temporary hibernation. The fear was that our students could catch the virus and serve as carriers for the disease, putting at risk family members in communities across the country.

A little over two weeks later, Cameroon closed schools, affecting millions of students across the country. Just like youth across the world, program participants have been home with their families as their schools closed for varied lengths of time. While school closures seem to present a logical solution to enforcing social distancing within communities, it has negatively affected our program and activities. Because of the lack of infrastructure and technology, our students have had fewer opportunities for learning at home. The distance learning structures used in developed countries remain out of reach for the majority of students without Internet, a computer, or means to connect.

The Manengouba Foundation is committed to staying present in the communities it serves by continuing its programs and activities. Our immediate effort is to reduce the spread of the coronavirus through containment and aggressive preventive measures.

We have been heartened by the tremendous outpour of support from so many people wishing to help. We are hopeful that this extraordinary circumstance will bring us together and bring out the best of our human spirit.

Thank you again for helping Manengouba Foundation build a stronger community within Nkongsamba, Cameroon.

Please stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @manengouba.

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Girls waiting to get their jersey
Girls waiting to get their jersey

Dear Friends,

On February 7-8, 2020, The Manengouba Foundation hosted its annual Basketball Camp and STEM Expo in the town of Nkongsamba, Cameroon. The event, which was held in collaboration with the College Socka Bongué, was organized as part of Cameroon National Youth Festival.

Since the start of the new year, our local volunteers’ team has been on the ground planning and preparing to ensure the success of this event, the first of its kind in this rural community. The participants themselves resurfaced the outdated basketball field, installed the hoops and cleared the surrounding area.

At 8:00 am on February 7th, the festivities kicked off with coaches, parents and nearly 100 kids, including delegations from the surrounding regions of Melong, Bafang, Douala, Loum. This record turnout was up from the 60 participants from the previous year. After breakfast was served to all participants, the event started with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a welcome speech from the principal of the College Socka Bongué.

STEM Expo

Held in conjunction with Cameroon Bilingualism Day, the theme of this year’s STEM Expo was “Bilingualism: An Invaluable Bridge to National Unity, foundation for a peaceful and emergent Cameroon.” 

At 11:30 am, visitors were able to visit various STEM workshops around campus that explored various fields of study. Under the leadership of school faculty, student presenters worked for weeks in advance to research, test and complete projects in order to give detailed explanations on how they successfully realized their projects.

The first group presented on how to incubate eggs using energy. The second group presented project based on biodiversity and how to rear rats in the house. The third group demonstrated how to test if someone has Syphilis or Diabetes. The fourth group came up with a model to construct a modern house. They also realized a project on how to construct a modern bridge using environmental materials. The fifth group focused on how to build a chair using plastic bottles and a modern chair itself with wood materials. The last two groups respectively presented the fabrication of a homemade barbecue grill and a fridge functions using electricity. All presentations were well appreciated by the public who came to see the event.

Basketball Camp

As the STEM exhibitions were in progress, the basketball camp was also taking place on the playground. It started with the presentation of the various teams and their coaches. There was a word from the school principal, Mrs. Helene Epane and our guest speaker, FIBA basketball expert, Mr. Alexis Siewe.

Although the STEM Exhibits only took place on the first day, the basketball camp went for two days. Day two (2) started at 7:30am with the gathering of the entire group to have a word with our experts in FIBA basketball. This was followed by breakfast, basic basketball skill lessons, and game competitions. All teams were evaluated and participants were grouped on teams. Participants from Douala faced those from Nkongsamba and those from Melong played with those from Bafang and so on.

All attendees took advantage of these two days full of basketball activities combined with the STEM projects exhibition. At the end, tee shirts and Certificates of Achievement were awarded to all participants. A family photo concluded the end of the event and the organizers offered a small feast. The participants returned safely to their respective homes of record. 

Welcome speech by Mrs. Helene Epane
Welcome speech by Mrs. Helene Epane
Girls Team
Girls Team
Boys Team
Boys Team
Warm up
Warm up
Basketball skills in progress
Basketball skills in progress
Girls in action
Girls in action
Boys in action
Boys in action
How to incubate eggs using energy
How to incubate eggs using energy
How to test if someone has syphilis or diabetes
How to test if someone has syphilis or diabetes
How to build a chair using plastic bottles
How to build a chair using plastic bottles
Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement
Group photo
Group photo
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Since January 2019, nearly 200 boys and girls have benefitted from our S.T.E.M Education through basketball initiative so far. During our first annual basket-ball camp in August, 60 participants, which includes 21% of girls, immersed in the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and perseverance. Since then, we gathered 140 additional participants and introduced them to S.T.E.M concept and technical aptitudes.

Meeting and Educational Discussion

This quarter, the focus was to introduce participants with the scientific category of S.T.E.M programs in which some of them were familiar with, including biology, ecology, chemistry and physics. However, we realized that the S.T.E.M science course was not the kind of science class some of them remembered. Throughout several meeting organized between guess speakers, teachers, program staffs, and student participants at our partner school, it was explained that the S.T.E.M courses incorporate technology, engineering and mathematics into scientific studies. We displayed posters of STEM projects done by students from Francis Scott Middle School in the US so local participant can get inspired and have an idea of how a S.T.E.M project looks like.

Encouraging Creativeness

This task started by conducting a whole-class discussion regarding what the students participants already knew about S.T.E.M and what they thought it would benefit them and foster ingenuity and creativity. Although this task was a bit intimidating at first during the meeting, student participants quickly let go any fear and jump into the creative practice. The creative Q&A was very interesting. Participants had to express themselves freely, openly and what they would like to become in the future by applying what they would learn during this initiative. They enjoyed the challenge of becoming entrepreneur, nurse, and carpenter and many more.

Mariam, one of our 9th grade participants said during the creative discussion: ‘’I love this! This is fun!” so many times. A couple of students participants said that this piqued their interest in business ownership, and one shared that she would love to possibly open a bakery in the future! The project prompted so many quality discussions, which led to a greater understanding of the assigned tasks.

Thank you again for helping Manengouba Foundation extend our work to reach more participants and make impacts in their lives. Please stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @manengouba. Please share our work with friends, family and continue to support us at https://goto.gg/36545

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Manengouba Foundation, Inc.

Location: Silver Spring, MD - USA
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Philippe Socka
Silver Spring, MD United States
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