Although Africa is the continent least affected by the coronavirus epidemic, nine regions of Cameroon are now affected by the pandemic, placing the country among the most affected in Africa. With the closure of borders, containment measures and rising food prices, economic collapse and famine are all concrete threats.
The economic consequences of this epidemic are an additional challenge for the country, which is already marked by violence in the far north, north-west and south-west regions. For several years, conflicts and threats in these regions have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and drastically reduced access to health care and education in these regions, which have become particularly vulnerable.
Midjivin is a canton located in the Far North Region of Cameroon. It has nearly 12,900 inhabitants belonging to three majority ethnic groups (Guiziga, Moudang and Guidar.) Cotton cultivation remains the main source of income for the population. Living for the most part from subsistence agriculture (millet, groundnuts, beans and maize, livestock), their harvests are barely enough to support their families. In order to enrich their diet, the inhabitants often have to sell the few reserves in their granary in order to obtain a minimum of protein.
The St. Catherine Labouré School Complex, run by the Daughters of Charity, is the only college in the area. It is also the only college in the diocese. It includes 6 large departments with high schools and CES, but most of the infrastructures are dilapidated and the pedagogical follow-up is sometimes deplorable, hence the alarming school results.
The vocation of the Daughters of Charity is to accompany their students to a level of education that is commensurate with their ambitions and that of their country. Over the years, they manage to open classes and equip the establishment with the infrastructures indispensable for its functioning.
Already in 2018, the Daughters of Charity had solicited the Rosalie Projects to finance the purchase of books and to ensure the schooling of the young people for the opening of a 6th grade class. Last year's appeal for donations also helped finance the cost of computer equipment to ensure the efficient running of the school.
This year, it is the pupils in 3ème and seconde who need textbooks in order to progress in their school learning.
Most of these children come from poor families and the parents' low incomes do not allow them to buy their children textbooks or supplies.
Many students have only two or three notebooks on which they are forced to take notes for about ten subjects. Moreover, in a class of 20 students, barely one or two have a book.
These conditions slow down their learning whereas the stakes for next year are particularly high for these pupils in 3ème: for the first time since the opening of classes, they must be prepared for the BEPC (Brevet d'études du Premier Cycle).
With the acquisition of these books, the Daughters of Charity and the pedagogical team will be able to give the courses in the decent pedagogical conditions aimed at:
These books will be made available to students during classes and study hours to progress with the exercises given by the teachers. The students are of course made aware of the maintenance and the good keeping of these books, as well as of the assiduity during their schooling.
With the opening of these 2 new classes, this education project will help 60 students (30 in 3ème and 30 in seconde) to improve their academic performance and make the most of their potential.
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I am Sister Lorraine TOKO, Daughter of Charity of the Province of Cameroon and responsible for the Community of Midjivin. I am on mission in Midjivin in the Far North of Cameroon where the Daughters of Charity have been present since 1971. We are currently 6 sisters who carry out the social work of the Daughters of Charity (home visits, PMI in 13 villages, follow-up of abandoned elderly people, parish ministry, etc.). We also put a lot of effort into the education of children and young people who are the hope of the Church and the world.
In 1997, the Daughters of Charity established a Nursery and Primary School which now has 300 students. Since 2017, at the insistent request of parents who are concerned about the quality education of their children, they have opened a General Education College for which I am responsible.