Pupils of seven primary schools in Baba II Santa Subdivision in the NW region of Cameroon Thursday September 15, 2016 have received text books, pens and bags from Orange Cameroon. The Telecommunication giant through its foundation; Orange Foundation went hand on heart to handover the texts books to schools made up of mostly less well of children.
With a copy of a mathematics text book in hand, Ngwe Erica a pupil of GS Baba 2 class 6 said “today we got books from orange foundation. My mother had not bought me any text book; I am so happy, thank you orange foundation”
No such event is ignored in village areas across Cameroon. This day farming and other activities were kept aside by many parents.
As fulfilled as many of the children Amaboh Esther a parent explained: “I have 3 children in this school, one in nursery 1, classes 4 and 5. I am very happy with what Orange Foundation has done to me. They have helped me in buying books for my children. As we speak, I was still to look for money and buy these books”
Being schools in rural Cameroon where text books remain luxury, teaching is not an exciting experience for teachers reason why teachers of the selected schools could heave a sigh of relieve.
“As a matter of fact, in my school I cannot boast of two children who have text books. Last year I had one child who had a reader. We have been encouraging the parents to buy but they complain of poverty, so it is really God who touched Orange Foundation to select this school which is in an enclave area. I am very happy because it will make the children to learn with ease and their language power will change”. Achi William Headtecher GS Ipain Nge, Achi William said.
Present in Baba II to hand the text books was Elizabeth Ehabe Secretary General of the Foundation.
“We are in Baba today to foster the work the state is doing to ensure that all young Cameroonians get a good education. We are here to promote quality education by handing out English and mathematics textbooks and workbooks to the pupils of GS BABA 2 and 6 other government primary schools in the region.” She said
Expressing the importance to get good space as far as education is concerned particularly Mathematics and English, the SG regretted “we have problems right now at different levels when we see high school graduates and university students who have very poor mastery of the English language and as such they cannot really express themselves, and we have students who have enormous difficulty at all levels of education in mathematics and a lot of them give up so early because they got frightened in primary school but it was more because of poor pedagogic approach due to a lack of adequate materials.”
Coming as the second in the region after the 2015 edition handed in Chomba Village Bamenda II subdivision, seven primary schools in seven different divisions of the region, the Foundation scribe explained that “this year, we proceeded by elimination. Our ambition over time is to make sure that we can provide books to all primary schools but it’s going to take a while.”
The books she added will “stay in school for future use.”
It is worth noting that the Orange Foundation away from books and stationeries has also taken interest in the hygiene, sanitation and infrastructure with the intention according to Elizabeth Ehabe “to carry out more rehabilitation works in schools.”
GS Ber,GS Buh.GS Baba II, GS Njilvun ,GS Njwo, GS Buabua, GS Ipain Nge being schools that benefited from the donations have been encouraged to properly handle the books as no sooner than later the Orange Foundation will come for inspection.
The Orange Cameroon Foundation was established in 2009. Since its inception, it has worked on basic education, healthcare for people with communication-related disabilities, professional training and culture.