Officials of Buea Council have promised to assist pupils and students with didactic materials and scholarships for them to effectively resume classes for the 2018/2019 academic year.
The gesture of the Buea Council, which will cover the three educational sectors in Cameroon namely: Primary, Secondary and University is aimed at encouraging parents to send their children back to school.
The decision by the Council was made during a press conference that brought together educational stakeholders at the Buea conference room on Friday, August 24, 2018.
According to Mayor Patrick Ekema, the Council has taken upon itself to provide basic school needs to pupils and students in the municipality.
“You are all aware that for the past years, the Council had so many programmes relating to keeping our children busy during the holidays such as holiday classes, inter-quarter football competition, holiday jobs and school challenged programmes. Due to the current unrest, the Council had to temporally put a halt to these activities because our kids were not safe. The Council is now focus on educational activities for an effective back to school campaign comes September 3, 2018,” he stated.
The purpose of this press conference was strictly for the Buea Council and the Educational stakeholders to brainstorm on how the Council can provide assistance to deserving students, needy and physically challenged students across the three educational sectors in the Buea Municipality.”
To defeat fear, the Mayor said “in an event where the pupils are scared of coming to the map out area to collect these school materials, I personally will move from door to door and distribute those materials to them as my own sacrifice towards nation’s building”.
Meanwhile, Forbineke Lawrence, Pedagogic Adviser, seating in for the Fako Divisional Delegate of Secondary Education, said the current move of the Buea Council is timely as the school opening date draws closer.
“We will furnish the Council with statistical data on students who have excelled very well in promotional classes and examination classes for them to benefit from the scholarship programme and school materials to be offered by the Council. This is a laudable initiative by the Council, given the fact that the on-going Crisis has caused untold suffering to parents and all income generating activities has been paralysed. Providing these supports to the parents will act as a relief to these parents and they will be encouraged to send their children to school,” Forbineke Lawrence added.
According to the Pedagogue, there are many students who are interested in going back to school, but lack the means because some of their parents or guardians have been killed in the on-going unrest, so if the Buea Council can keep to its promise then the municipality is guarantee of an effective back to school come September 3, 2018.”
The Mayor further added that text books, pens, books, part school fees of deserving students and University students will be available on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, for distribution to students in the various schools.
“Because of the unrest in the Region, so many parents have lost their jobs, farms have been abandoned and the untold economic hardship plaguing our parents. We think that coming to their rescues at this time is a great contribution, thus empowering our community for prosperity,” Mayor Ekema reiterated.
Officials at the Buea Council urged the education stakeholders to make available the names of schools and deserving students, needy and physically challenged students before Tuesday August 28, 2018. The Council also promised to provide Council staff to aid the three educational sectors in the distribution of these didactic materials to the students in the four corners of the municipality.
At the end of the press conference, the Buea Council and the educational stakeholders unanimously agreed to have the Council on board to ensure that schools effectively resume on September 3, 2018.