- Promoter: CEST – Coalition Education et Santé pour Tous
- Recipients: 5 schools
- Harambee Contribution: 10,000 Euros
The project is based on previous programs promoted by CEST and supported by Harambee to strength the quality of education in schools in the rural region of Hauts-Plateaux. During 2 years, 350 teachers were trained. The purpose of this project is to distribute 2,000 books in 5 schools reached by previous initiatives to enable teachers to carry out their educational programs in a context where 40% of children cannot afford reading books and 60% haven’t got books on arithmetic.
Gérald Djouguela, university student. Thanks to Harambee, he’s learned how to study and, most importantly, to have confidence in his own capabilities.
My name is Gerald Djouguela Kuissu and I am in my fifth year at the University of Soa in Youndé, where I study Political and Juridical Sciences. While still in high school, thanks to Harambee, I was given the opportunity to take the course “Learning For Results”, a course developed and taught by Mboubou Gilbert and the result of many years of teaching.
When I started the course, I was in my fourth year of school and had no study method whatsoever. I studied to receive a grade, but not to understand. With Dr. Mboubou, I had to organize my day so that I could work four hours every day in addition to my lessons at school. This didn’t prevent us from having fun or taking time to rest each day, but it was difficult to get used to at first. I did manage and was able to graduate as well. The hardest thing for me was having to adopt a specific work method following Dr. Mboubou’s indications. First priority was given to reading, because reading is the key to excelling at school. I took advantage of the holidays to read lots of books, especially those that I would have to read during the course the following year. I wrote a summary of each book I read and made a glossary of any new words I learned. Reading helped me to enrich my vocabulary, improve my oral exposition and reflect on the concrete difficulties I sometimes faced. This experience made me perform well at school. Putting Mboubou’s educational advice into practice on a daily basis and my passion for books and the schooling I received from my teachers gave me more confidence in my own capabilities and I understood that I am the master of my own destiny.