Cameroon's Education System

According to Cameroonian law, “the State shall guarantee the child’s right to education. Primary education shall be compulsory”. Compulsory education refers to the primary levels, class 1-6 or schooling until a child is age 12. This primary education has been free for ‘pupils’ since the year 2000 but families must pay for uniforms, book fees and sometimes even anti-malaria prophylaxis.

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    Education is a major component of empowerment and sustainable development.

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    ICA has funded the construction of 16 new classrooms in rural areas of Cameroon.

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    As part of our education program, we have distributed thousands of textbooks to children in Cameroon.

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    With your help, we have improved the availability of clean water for drinking, cleaning and farming for over 8,700 Cameroons in the Lewoh area, so that 73% of the population in the Lewoh community has access to pipe borne water.

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    ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’

    -Nelson Mandela

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    Cameroon is often referred to as ‘Africa in miniature’ for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas.

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    Life expectancy at birth in Cameroon was estimated to be 54.71 years in 2012, among the lowest in the world.

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    Ashia is a Cameroonian word that roughly translates to ‘I support you in your worthwhile endeavor’ and is often called out to those working in fields, climbing Mt Cameroon, carrying heavy burdens, etc.  The word is meant to convey support and admiration and to give courage, which is why it was chosen as the name of ICA’s main fundraising campaign.

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