Some years back, by this time of the year, parents and children are busy preparing for the upcoming school year which usually begins in early September. Parents are applying for school fees loans, children from low income homes are at the peak of rounding up with their petty businesses that will assist them with their fees, some putting in their last weeks in holiday jobs, tailors are more busy than bees sewing school uniforms, our markets are been flooded with school things like bags, books, pens, uniforms etc, and most interestingly those writing the General Certificate of Education (GCE) will all be very anxious as the results are released early August.
Unfortunately, 2020 is so different. Children in examination classes just started writing their exams, while the others have been home for three months without going to school, and will probably go back only in October.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of changes have taken place within our society which has resulted to adjustments on the parts of both individuals and institutions.
But the worst situation is that of children in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon, coming from poor homes, who could not move to bigger towns like their friends from well-to-do homes, where schools were operational to an extent. As a result, they have been home for three years already due to the political unrest in these two regions of Cameroon; and just when they were about to pick up from where they ended, the Covid-19 pandemic set in and sent them back home?
A child who was supposed to be in secondary school (form 1) this 2020/2021 academic year will still be in primary three (class 3). How pathetic!!!!!
What about those who have lost parents due to the crisis and are living with relatives who can barely feed them, let alone meeting their school needs? Are we going to fold our arms and allow their future ruined?
The reason Excellentia is putting all hands on deck to ensure even just a child gets the privilege of returning to school and secure his or her future.
Together we can secure a future.