Children First

Education is a human right as guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child. This Convention is the most commonly ratified international agreement in the world today. Education is not simply a human right in itself, but it is also an indispensable means of realizing other human rights (UN, 2001).

In this regard, the World Conference on Education for All that held in March 1990 in Jomitien, Thailand, marked a new beginning in the worldwide journey to universalize basic education and wipe out illiteracy (Haddad et al. 1990).

In many African countries, the opportunity cost of investment in the educational sector is worsened by continual school dropout particularly at the basic level. Also, according to UNESCO (2012), Africa reported the highest dropout rate in the world with approximately 42%.

Though Sub-Saharan African nations are experiencing a steady improvement in education, at standstill children leave school frequently without being able to read and write. Dropout is endemic in much of Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Within the sub-region alone, about 10million boys and girls also dropped out of school (GNA, 2013). Dropout rates are even most elevated in Chad (72%), Uganda (68%) and Angola (68%) where more than two out of three youngsters beginning elementary school are required to leave before achieving the last grade (UNESCO, 2012).In 2011, drop-out rate for primary education in Cameroon was 30.2 %.

Though Cameroon drop-out rate for primary education fluctuated substantially between 1978 – 2011The rate of School drop out in the country has increased exponentially in the past two years especially in the two English speaking Regions (approximately a fifth of the country’s population, estimated at 23 million) as the “Anglophone” Crisis (in the north-west and south-west) has escalated amid a vicious war of kidnappings, decapitations and the burning of vehicles.

Classrooms have become part of the ongoing warfare between the government and separatist forces. School attendance is compulsory for all Cameroonian children until the age of 12, but gunshots on the streets and threats from separatist forces mean many are denied this right.In recent months, teachers who dared to show up for work have been killed, and buildings burned.

More than 180,000 people have fled their homes in the Anglophone areas, and families are growing increasingly anxious about the impact of missed schooling on their children. (The Guardian, September 21, 2018). When we keep defining young people’s success by their academic achievement scores, many talented, intelligent young people are left feeling displaced.

Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This quotation alludes to a long-standing allegorical framework. It is inappropriate to judge an animal by focusing on a skill which the creature does not possess. A fish is specialized to swim superbly, and its ability to climb a tree is non-existent or rudimentary.

We strive to create a learning environment where there is no pressure. Children from different backgrounds learn, eat, and play at school together, with no pressure. Our teachers and all the staff are very friendly and approachable. They are fair when it comes to evaluation and grading their pupils.

For this reason, you can see the actual growth and improvement of your child. No playmates at home? Let your children play and develop their socialization and communication.

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