After School Learning
The problem of poor classroom conditions, inadequate student to teacher ratio, limited student follow-up, stress-filled learning environments has led to an increase in school drop rates especially among young people of secondary school age. In addition, the outbreak of violence in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon since September 2016, has forced thousands of children of school going age out of school. More than 100 schools have been burnt down and children and teachers continue to be threatened and attacked for attempting to go to school. This has led to increasing the illiteracy rate and consequently jeopardizing the economic and social development of our communities.
The After-school project intends to provide an avenue to complement the missing components and fill the learning gap resulting from the prevailing social climate and poor learning conditions. The idea is to support children and young people through their quest for quality education, the necessary skills and abilities to successfully face life challenges as they struggle to establish themselves; find their place and climb higher, gaining financial independence. Young people need to develop additional skills to complement their education. We believe after school activities such as reading, maths and IT support, complemented with sports and leisure activities would better prepare them for the challenges of integrating in a competitive world.
Sponsor a Child
Education is a universal right, yet due to inequalities millions of children around the world still feel left simply because of where they live. Many children in Cameroon live under very poor conditions lacking proper nutrition, shelter and care; conditions which make access to education more challenging. The conflict in the English-speaking regions has led to displacements, making access to education more challenging for children especially those from rural areas many of whom have moved to nearby towns for safety. On a recent field tour, SODEI volunteers encountered many children in the towns of Limbe, Buea and Mutengene, many of whom having fled their homes are living with relatives and guardians. Many of them continue to face challenges.
Amongst the group of children identified are orphans, abandoned and children with disabilities. Moved by the circumstances we found some of these children, we decided to do something to help. We identified the most disadvantaged of the children for sponsorship. So far, we have paid tuition fees, GCE registration and provided living expenses for some. The aim of this program is to continue to provide these children the opportunity to live a desirable life. It is built on the importance of investing in human capital. Investing in a child’s life is investing in the future of a generation and our little contribution now can make a great difference in their life.
Schools For SDGs Campaign
Sharing knowledge on the SDGs is of paramount importance to us. Going by the recommendation on the SDGs Committee, we embark on a sensitisation campaign on the SDGs. Since the month of December 2018 our Youth Action Groups in collaboration with SODEI School Clubs have organized five events in five schools in Fako Division on SGGs 4 and 5.
Youths for Peace CampaignWe believe in the power of youths and young people in transforming societies. The Youths for Peace (Y4P) campaign promotes peace and togetherness through recreational activities including sports, music and arts. The campaign brings together SODEI youth groups to act for peace. We organise football and dance competitions in vulnerable communities. The Y4P campaign also engages youths in volunteering and community work such as clean-up campaigns.
Mentoring ProgramSODEI mentoring programme was created to encourage personal and professional development through knowledge, expertise and experience sharing. SODEI recognizes that the knowledge and skills gaps that exist in Cameroon can be closed quicker and cost-effectively through mentoring. Also, there is a popular misconception amongst Cameroonians that if useful information is imparted with, many other members of the society will benefit from it hence limiting the informer’s chances of progress. Mentoring will bring about a conceptual change in this respect.
The programme is designed to bring together a pool of professionals, business persons and experts (mentors) and match them with a pool of mentees with emerging talents. The mentoring relationship is built on mutual trust, respect and communication, and involves both parties meeting regularly to exchange ideas, discuss progress and set goals for further development.
Community LibrarySODEI has set its first community library in Limbe in the southwest region of Cameroon. The aim of this project is to set up libraries in the 6 Divisional headquarters of the Southwest Region.We believe developing a reading culture is a first step towards youth empowerment for self-reliance.
The libraries will serve as hubs for research, knowledge sharing, discussion and debate forums. The IT services within the libraries will serve young IT enthusiasts build on their skills and collaborate on ideas and solutions for community benefit. In the long term we intend to develop a moving library whereby vans filled with books will move libraries to children’s doorsteps and hold reading sessions. In this way, we intend to develop a reading culture which is absent in the current generation of youths.
Women And Girl’s Empowerment Program
Young women and girls make up a considerable part of the population of the South West Region of Cameroon, yet they do not have equal access to health, education, economic opportunities and are not able to actively participate in decision making within their communities and the households in which they live.
The prevalent socio-political situation in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon has unfortunately left young women and girls even more exposed to violence and discrimination. Women and children also make up the majority of internally displaced persons who have moved from more troubled zones in the Southwest region to the calmer areas like Limbe, Buea and Tiko. Consequently, lots of women have lost their means of subsistence and girls whose access to especially healthcare and education is considerably reduced, their personal and collective well-being being at stake.
The women and girl’s empowerment program of SODEI is designed to encourage the young women and girls in the Southwest region of Cameroon through knowledge sharing, counselling, coaching and leadership training. Women and girls in the Southwest region will be empowered to be independent, to be able to make important decisions about their personal well-being and to better play their roles as members of their community to foster peace and development.
Through this program, SODEI aims to adopt an engendered approach to community development projects and also design strategies which will promote and strengthen equality between men and women and curb gender-based violence.