The LCE-Cameroon approach to education and child development is a highly relevant scheme with great promise in today’s world. The project opens students up to creating design and entrepreneurship at very early stages, giving them a genuine chance to shape their destinies and be valuable members of their communities from a very early stage.
Teachers are equipped with skills to teach practically, they learn to develop from locally available teaching aids that encourage students to learn by doing thereby injecting curiosity and creativity especially using locally available materials among students and make both learning and teaching enjoyable.
LCE-Cameroon aims at developing students' practical skills through improved learning methods, acquisition of problem-solving strategies, counseling sessions for weak students, capacity-building teachers, parents and students on various topics of interest and peer-to-peer learning among students. Students transform theoretical knowledge through interactive use of creative tools. They experiment in a playful manner resulting in enhanced motivation, creativity and curiosity among teachers in addition, learners. Seeing and doing are the central tenets of LCE-Cameroon.
LCE brings transforms theory into practice for easy understanding to foster innovation
The education system in Cameroon, mainly the francophone, is devoid of opportunities for both students and teachers to develop practical competencies consequently, students lack creative skills while teachers end up being demotivated for repeatedly doing same thing. LCE-Cameroon programmes equips teachers with skills to develop practical teaching aids for quality teaching under the banner, think, create, and share. “We want the education system to get out of its theoretical context and to be associated with practice in order to facilitate the socio-professional integration of students after school (improving the quality of education)”, says Sylvain.
LCE learning from and working with others
Other organizations supported LCE-Cameroon during its inception with advice, logistics and moral support. Dunamis Safely Nets (DSN) in Limbe-Cameroon, SOS Project Management Solutions,
(Wandji Consulting Group Sarl) in Yaounde and other community leaders were invaluable.
Achievements and Challenges
Funding remains a challenge. Mostly, LCE-Cameroon funds emanate from members’ registration fees, fee charged in participating in organized activities and the Goethe Institute through its German language project. LCE-Cameroon is also working on bringing other donors and sponsors on-board. Despite the challenges, LCE-Cameroon registered several achievements in its mandate including successfully organizing the International Day of Education in January 2021 in partnership with LearningPlanet of CRI from France. Additionally, LCE-Cameroon trained 9 German teachers in partnership with the Goethe Institute in Cameroon and integrated the LearningPlanet Facilitator Group in its programmes. LCE-Cameroon maintains an on-going collaboration with a London-based organization WeCanAccess on an inclusion project. The collaboration hopes to develop educational tools to facilitate the integration of students with disabilities in school.