“ Education is a progressive
discovery of our own ignorance. ”

Will Durant

Current Project context:

The importance of primary education has been recognized by international and national agencies and scholars. Hence Cameroon has been a signatory to a number of major international and regional treaties and conventions relating to human rights such as; the Universal Declaration of Human rights, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the African charter on the rights and welfare of the child amongst others. These instruments coupled with other national instruments such as the abolition of school fees in government primary education and the creation of new schools in all regions in 2000 has spurred the enrolment of pupil in primary schools from 2 million in 1991 to 3.4million in 2009 ( state source) .

Despite recent progress in Cameroon, significant challenges remain to achieve equitable access and quality in educational achievements. The children still face many challenges in acquiring quality basic education due to wealth and gender disparities. Cameroon’s vision 2035 seeks to achieve the millennium development goal 2. (Achieve universal primary education). Compared to other African countries in Sub Saharan Africa who have also made great moves in expanding educational opportunities such as Burundi and the United Republic of Tanzania, Cameroon is still lagging behind in some aspects. While much as been put on the media by the national government in terms of their work in promoting basic education, visible gap largely exist on the ground as many parent are still unable of afford the basic needs such as text books, uniforms, shores, medical care and in some cases food to keep their children in school. Gender segregated data also shows that in such difficulties, the girl child is often disfavoured and is much likely to be withdrawn from school than the boys.

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