The Cameroon Baptist Convention CBC Education Board has launched a project “to achieve an inclusive education system which can respond to diverse needs of pupils and students within the framework of universal design for learning.” 


The project baptized Sustainable Inclusive Education Project saw the light of day Thursday April 5 in an event that also featured the first project stakeholders meeting.
Speaking during the dual event, the Director of Administration and Finance for the CBC Health Services on behalf of the Director of CBC Health Services who is also Chairperson of the Stakeholders committee explained that his institution as part of the CBC has opted to partner with the Education Board following the need to increase access to quality inclusive education for children with disabilities. Wari Denis added that the project will be funded by the CBC Health Service in partnership with the Netherland based Liliane Fondation with the hope of achieving the project goals. 

While presenting the project, the Project officer noted that the pilot phase will internalize inclusion in the Baptist Education System as a way of supporting the government of Cameroon in her current thrives for inclusive education in the country particularly at the time much of government effort is focused on availability and affordability. To guarantee sustainability, Dr Naphthali Atanga indicated that the pilot phase of the project will involve primary and secondary schools of the CBC and most importantly the Baptist Teacher Training College Ndop to ensure the training of teachers. 

Coming within the Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development EDID program with the Liliane foundation as a strategic partner organization, Agho nee Tsangue Glory EDID program Manager told the stakeholders that her program was partnering with the Education Board to expand the scoop of their work mindful of the fact that they had been working before now with public schools and with the CBC Education Board being a faith base organization with a good number of schools and pupils under their care. 

Introducing the project team, the Project Director who doubles as Secretary of the CBC Education Board said the project which supports government’s efforts is in line with the sustainable development goals adding “The CBC has been handling the issue of inclusive education through government institutions but this time around we have decided to use our own institutions.” Nyanganji Job maintained that the concept is not new and that starting now is because it’s the time to start. “It is never too late to start a project and we want that children who come to our own school should also benefit from inclusive education.” He concluded. 

Launching the project the representative of different government ministries connected to the project Wilson Baniyeh Ngam of the Ministry of Basic Education Regional Delegation for the NW appreciated the CBC Education Board for opting to assist government in ensuring and inclusive educational system in the country. He promised collaboration to make the project succeeds. 
Wari Denis for the CBC Health services Director appreciated all with the call for all stakeholders to own the project and be committed to contributing to its success. Being a pilot phase of the project, he expressed the need for commitment, accountability and best practices to proof the workability of the model and to add value on the lives of persons with disabilities.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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