'Finally the Lord has done it, finally finally!’ Even before Knowledge for Children has brought any books to Presbyterian Primary School (PS) Ngashie, the pupils, teachers and parents are already very excited. They sing the famous song to express their happiness and excitement. Only the idea that soon their school will hopefully benefit from the Knowledge for Children program makes them very happy.
PS Ngashie is located in a rural village in the Anglophone North West Region of Cameroon. It has an enrolment of 81 boys and 91 girls. The nursery school has an additional 30 boys and 32 girls In the school, 6 teachers (including two nursery teachers) try to teach the pupils as well as they can. However, it is not easy. Like in almost all rural primary schools in Cameroon, there are no textbooks and no teaching aids. Three teachers did not go for formal teacher training. In both primary and nursery section, half of the teachers were not professionally trained.
The school will be the 134th school to benefit from the Knowledge for Children program. In this program, Knowledge for Children donates government prescribed textbooks to the school. Unique is the co-investment structure in which the parents contribute and pay a total of 30% of all books. Knowledge for Children works with a school for three years. After these three years, every two children sharing a bench have access to one textbook in English, Sound and Word Building, Mathematics and General Knowledge.
Besides donating textbooks, Knowledge for Children also trains the teachers of the school. This is essential as the official teacher training lasts only for nine months. Many teachers are not well prepared to teach. The ones that are trained and experienced still find it difficult to make efficient use of the textbooks as they have been teaching without books for long. Knowledge for Children therefor trains and coaches teachers on aspects like child centred teaching, use of books in the classroom and evaluation techniques.
Not only teachers, also parents are trained. In the Community Leadership Program, the parents choose representatives who will be responsible to ensure continuous investment in the school after Knowledge for Children has phased out from a school. They will learn how to manage the books, how to manage finances etc.
The children, teachers and parents of PS Ngashie can’t wait to see textbooks and to start using them in class. You can help us to make it possible! The children of PS Ngashie count on your support to realize their dreams for the future.
For example, Blessing is a pupil in class five. When she grows up she wants to be a journalist. It will be difficult for Blessing to reach this dream without having access to text books.
The children in class one and two all want to become a ‘Madam’. Their teacher inspires them so much that even the boys want to be her when they grow up. Of course not all of them will become teachers, but with the help of text books at least some of them will be able to become teachers in their future.
With your help, PS Ngashie can become a Knowledge for Children school. Be assured that the day Knowledge for Children will bring the first books, the song will even be louder; ‘Finally the Lord has done it!’.
To be able to add PS Ngashie to our program, we will need € 5.000. This will cover for the entire three year program and will include textbooks in all four core subjects, training for teachers and parents, story books for the Reading Clubs and more. The average price of a textbook is only € 5,50 so no donation is too small to make a difference.
Knowledge for Children is a Dutch-Cameroonian NGO. Since 2005 we have donated over 70.000 government prescribed textbooks to rural primary schools in the North West Region of Cameroon. Thanks to our co-investment model, combined with our Community Leadership Program, school communities are prepared to become independent of support after the three year Knowledge for Children program.