CAPEC’s special project is the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School. The school wish started in 2009 with 12 children is located in a rural area on the south east outskirts of the Cameroon capital, Yaoundé. The school is created to bring low-cost education to underprivileged children in and around that locality, who though so close to the city, are so far away from its facilities that are only affordable to the rich. Our Mission is to provide education to the children of the rural area of Nkolfoulou, so they would not be deprived of education based on their locality or family financial circumstances. Through this project CAPEC also wishes to create jobs and enable children of the area become self-sufficient. Since its inception, the school has grown considerably: in 2009-2010, 120 students were registered and 4 classrooms were being utilized. Every year the school adds another class and will continue to do so until the oldest students reach class 6.
CAPEC attempts to bridge the gap between rich and poor by offering good quality education for the most underprivileged. The Nursery and Primary will benefit children from Nkolfoulou village, and about 2000 more children from other neighboring villages (Baaba, Ntinga, Nkabo, Eboko, and Essebi).
Whereas government-run schools in Cameroon focus primarily on memorization and repetition, Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child’s (CAPEC) nursery and primary school is unique because it values child-centered education. This means that class sizes are small (no more than 25 students per class), corporal punishment is forbidden, and teachers give individual attention. By focusing on these areas, Bitame Lucia School is attempting to embrace new pedagogical methods that encourage a deeper understanding of the material. As a result of this approach, Bitame Lucia students are able to learn more advanced material than their peers in the public system.
Apart from a radically different educational approach, Bitame Lucia School also offers a number of innovative additional programs to facilitate its pupils in learning and personal development. Among these are the availability of the Study Room, special learning days, the yearly Christmas celebration, a nursery to primary graduation ceremony, the summer holiday program, pen-pal/linking schools abroad, the one child, one chicken project and a prestigious school bus system.
Because of the school’s yearly growth and the limits imposed by its current structure, we are searching for help to enable us build more classrooms.You can support CAPEC’s school project by becoming a donor for the School Construction Sponsorship Program. In so doing, you can help guarantee that underprivileged children at that little corner in Cameroon enjoy their basic right to decent education. Your donation will help fund the construction of our school in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon. If you plan to help CAPEC achieve this goal, please don’t hesitate to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +237 22 03 01 63