The schools we have built so far – 2013
CBC Mfe Mback-Mbock This little primary school was created in 1999 but it has never had any classrooms other than grass huts. The village lies high in the Cameroonian Highlands and the winds whistle through these huts, making them very cold and very dusty. The children have always suffered from bad colds because of this. By 2012 the school roll had risen to 221 with four teachers. At the opening ceremony for the new classrooms in November 2013, the Head Teacher declared that the change in the fortunes of the school was enormous and that they had gone ‘from grass to grace’.
EP Koutouba is in the village of Koumenke in the West Region. When we first heard that this school needed help it just had one block of tumbledown mud block classrooms for well over 250 pupils – however, once SHUMAS agreed to help and we found the funders (Gompels Healthcare) the village elders became inspired and motivated to provide more classrooms themselves. The school now has a full complement of 6 brand new, weatherproof and hygienic classrooms, an office and a water supply. Well done Koumenke – they just needed a bit of help to encourage them. (Cost to funder £16,960)
CS Rifem is a large catholic primary school in Mbiambe, NW Region. The school was chosen to be one of five schools in the area helped by a significant donation from a funding organisation overseas. There was an informal competition between these five schools to see which one would be the first to complete the construction of the walls and get their roof in place – CS Rifem was the winner. (Cost to funder £15,523)
CBC Kishiy is a very remote school in the Kumbo Central area of Bui Division. It is in a very beautiful location in the middle of the forest but it suffered from having very old and VERY dilapidated classrooms with dirt floors and holes in the roof. The head teacher was honoured for her persistance in getting the community’s help to get the new classrooms constructed. She was made a Yah Kibari – which means Queen of Construction! (Cost to funder £15,523)
GHS Nkar This Government Secondary School in Kumbo Central was created in 2005 with just 70 students from 10 surrounding communities. By 2012 the school roll was 568 pupils with 29 teachers but just 14 classrooms, many of which were unplastered and with no windows or doors. It is a very successful school with children who study hard and do well in their O levels. We managed to fund the refurbishment of the unplastered classrooms and constructed 3 additional new ones, and a new latrine block. The school has now been granted High School status, which means that the children can stay on to study A levels. The school roll is expected to increase to 700. (Cost to funder £18,133)
GHS Kiyan Government Secondary School was created in 2007 with 107 pupils and by 2012 the school roll had reached 765. There were only 10 classrooms and 2 offices and 28 teachers, of which only 6 were Government trained. The overcrowding in the classrooms was very bad and the plywood blackboards were broken and faded. We were able to help with 3 new classrooms and a new latrine. We also repainted the old classrooms and provided new blackboards and benches for the pupils. This has significantly eased the overcrowding problem and, because of the protocol agreed with the Ministry of Secondary Education, additional Government trained teachers are now teaching at the school. GSS Kiyan has been awarded High School status now. (Cost to funder £18,133)
GTC Kale-Kittiwum This is the only Technical Secondary School in the area, serving 5 communities. Technical Secondary schools are very popular with parents because children learn trade skills as well as following a normal secondary education curriculum. The school was created in 2010 with 67 pupils in forms 1 and 2 – but no classrooms or workshops. The PTA borrowed some old rooms and started to build two classrooms and an office. There was no latrine or drinking water at the school. We managed to fund the 3 more classrooms and a new latrine at the school, which means there are now facilities for forms 1 – 5. The children are now helping with the construction of additional classrooms as part of their practical construction classes. (Cost to funder £18,133)
CES Ngouetou This school formed part of an extremely successful project, together with CES Biakoa (below). Both schools are located deep in the forested area of the Centre region where the waterlogged dirt roads are constantly churned up by heavy log-carrying lorries. Access is extremely difficult. The school was created in 2011 with 52 students, 6 teachers but no classrooms. It serves nine communities and the next nearest secondary school is 45 Kms away. Once SHUMAS/BSFA started to construct three new classrooms, the Government agreed to follow our lead and build another two and provide five extra trained teachers. We also funded the construction of an office and a latrine. The school roll is expected to rise to 200 within two years. (Cost to funder £17,471)
CES Biakoa had only one plank-built classroom when it applied for help from SHUMAS/BSFA. It is the only secondary school in the Mbagasima area of Centre Region and many of its 213 pupils had to be educated in rooms borrowed from village houses. BSFA only had funds for one additional classroom, but the Government was so impressed with the way SHUMAS had worked at Ngouetou that it agreed to fund another 2 classrooms at this school as well. Just a few months later, AidCamps International found funds for yet another two classrooms – so, in the space of one year, Biakoa now has five well constructed classrooms – and a plank-built storeroom! The school roll now stands at 400 pupils. (Cost to funder £6,043)
EP Mintyaeminyumin This primary school, in Sangmalima, is the first school we have funded in the South Region. It was established in 1968 and its classrooms were in very poor condition indeed, however it has an excellent record of achievement with 100% of its Class 6 pupils passing the First School Leaving Certificate in recent years. The current roll of 164 pupils is expected to rise to 250 within two years. (Cost to funder £21,434)
We are hoping to replace the old broken borehole at this school soon, so that the children will have clean drinking water.
EP Djafga This primary school is in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon. It was established in 1958 and has only 3 purpose built classrooms for its 772 pupils. When we first visited in 2012, one classroom had 305 pupils, in two year groups, with only one teacher and one blackboard. There were no benches at all in the school for the children to use – they either sat on the floor or on a rock – and no table or chair for the teachers’ use. These children are desperate to learn and educational facilities are urgently needed in this remote region, which has been under threat from Boko Haram insurgents in 2014/15. We were pleased to be able to fund the construction of three new classrooms and a new latrine. (Cost to funder £18,290) We were also able to provide a new borehole for clean drinking water at this school in 2015.
EP Ouro Boubi We first visited this little primary in the Extreme North region of Cameroon by accident! It wasn’t on our list of possible schools at all, but it was located right beside the road and was in such desperate need that we stopped and explained to them who SHUMAS was and how they work. The community got their local contribution of materials together as quickly as possible and BSFA was lucky to receive some unexpected funding from an on-line Gaming community – so three classrooms and an office were constructed within the year. Amazingly, a road-building company was busy work on some road repairs at the time of the construction and were so impressed with the community participation that they promised another three classrooms. The pupils and staff at E.P. Ouro Boubi can hardly believe their good fortune. (Cost to the funder £19,728) We were also able to provide a new borehole for clean drinking water at this school in 2015.