Education as a bait in the Anglophone Crisis

Feka
Posted October 25, 2019 from Cameroon

This is 4 academic year that schools in the English speaking regions of Cameroon have been shot down with only a few effectively running in some safe neighborhoods within the regions. 3/4 of schools especially in the rural areas are host to Stae and Non-Stae Armed groups instead of children who are in dire need of education.

Teachers went on strike in November 2016 and which was the 2016/2017 academic year due to the fact that the education system of the English sub-system was experiencing a serious drop with little or no curriculum that was meant to empower and equip the children for the reality of life. Teachers rights had been violated to the extent that very important subventions meant for them had been cut off, French speaking teachers with little or no mastery of the English language were sent to teach subjects to English speaking children in language that only God knows how the children would understand. The teachers wanted these and many issues affecting education in Cameroon resolved but unfortunately, the strike was taken from them and turned out to be used against them and the very kids whom they were fighting to provide the best kind of education to..

Teachers and children are being kidnapped and maimed for daring to go to school. They are asked huge sums of money before they are released and if they cannot afford to pay the ransom, they are killed. Yet, education is so important and our children are deprived of this fundamental rights because they feel that the government will give in to their demands. Unfortunately my government does not care about the the education of the children because she hasn't done anything yet to resolve the issues raised by the teachers. Our children's education is now at a standstill.

As a teacher, I have taken upon myself to help these children have an education by doing what I call Home Teaching Program. We get teachers and parents to volunteer and we try to teach the children. The separatist groups saw this as a challenge, threatened us to stop and ended up cutting off the right leg of one of my staff members. We aren't stopping but will continue because we are taking the program to neighboring cities out of the regions that have our displaced children who badly need an education. 

I remember my days of Rural Science and Domestic Science. These subjects brought out our various skills and we knew exactly who was great at whatever and who would make money with the skills which we acquired during these lessons. I remember me sewing my 1st night gown in primary 5 and wore it till I got to form 3. I remember me doi g embroidery and learning all different types of stitches in those early primary school days. Helas!!!! None of these exist these days. Everything has changed. We have brought in all the beautiful ideas in a crazy manner that gets our children more confused and overloaded. Instead of coming up with beautiful curriculum to help our children, we have decided to make them become illiterate.

How does our children stay at home, resolve the Anglophone crisis? We will continue to look at means of giving an education to these children, especially with the love and support of people of goodwill. 

This story was submitted in response to Peace for Cameroon.

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Hello, Feka,

I hope this crisis will come to an end ASAP. Access to basic education is a human right. It's horrible and terrifying that people are getting killed.

You are so brave to start this home program. I'm sorry about what happened to your co-worker. Please stay safe.

Thank you for speaking up about this matter.

Feka
Oct 27
Oct 27

Dear Karen,
Thanks very much for the encouragement and love. We will keep looking at means of ending this crazy crisis in my country as well as helping wherever we can be of help.

Jill Langhus
Oct 25
Oct 25

Hello Dear Feka,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your powerful video and wonderful, new home education program. It's a great idea. I just hope that you all are able to continue and stay safe. Please let us know if you think of anything that we can do to help, and please take care, dear:-)

XX

Feka
Oct 27
Oct 27

Dear Jill,

Thank you for always being there. It's not an easy journey but I am not giving up yet.

Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

Hello there:-)

You're very welcome!! I know you won't:-)

Please stay safe and keep us updated on your progress, dear.

XX

Anita Shrestha
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear Sister
Plz keep safe and be brave in all time.

Feka
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you, my darling Anita

Lisbeth
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear Faka,
I am still praying so much for your contribution ooo. You sister there are very strong. You all keep holding on, help is on the way.
I hope you are doing very well. You all take care!
Regards

Feka
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you, my dear Lisbeth. We keep praying for a miracle

Lisbeth
Oct 27
Oct 27

I pray along with you.
Amen!

Tarke Edith
Oct 25
Oct 25

Dear sister Feka
You are wonderful .thank you very much sister for this great program shared with us on this platfotm
Dear sister l am really interested in your programs.
Have a great weekend sister.

Feka
Oct 27
Oct 27

Thank you, sister. You can join us and let me know when you are ready.

ANJ ANA
Oct 31
Oct 31

Dear Feka,
Thank you for sharing your experience. Despite the threats and challenges, you are so courageous and stable to raise the valid points for the children and for the education sector, which is the base of development in the country. Keep it up my sister.
in solidarity,
anajna