Back to School: Association of for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship Empowers Minority Communities


Didactic Materials and Wheat Distributed 


Children of school-going age have seen their aspirations to go to school weaken over the last five years because of the Anglophone crisis that paralyzed schools in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon in October 2016.

For almost six years now, some schools have not been able to reopen especially in rural communities of the North West Region.

While some of these children are victims because of the death of their parents, some have been forced to become internally displaced persons.

Children and parents Rejoice after receiving school needs 

The situation is rife in minority Muslim communities in the North West Region. Cattles stolen, sheeps chartered away forced many to flee for their dear lives and can no longer afford the cost of sending children to school.

It is for this reason that the Association for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship (ASSOPEN) launched the handing over of didactic materials to more than 100 pupils and students in Bamenda, Friday 19th August 2022.

Communication Officer of ASSOPEN

Speaking at the event, the Communication Officer of ASSOPEN and NEXTTEL, Mussa Husseni, stated that the association is aimed at filling the gap that has been created by the massive displacement in the last five years.

"Many in this crisis cannot go to school that is why we are filling the gap. We are a humanitarian organisation, promoting the fight against illiteracy and unemployment. We support youth in all the 10 regions of Cameroon. Not only Muslims are benefitting. We are here to support these children go back to school because it's the most important thing in life."

The project to empower young Cameroonians in education and the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills will cost some 70 million Francs CFA.

Divisional Officer of Bamenda II 

Representing the state, Bamenda II Divisional Officer, Nicolas Nkongho Manchang encouraged others to gift to the community and empower the future generation.

He stated further that if these youth don't go to school, they cannot become entrepreneurs tomorrow.

On behalf of the community, the Muslim leader of Old Town saluted the initiative and encouraged the parents not to relent in their effort to push the education of their children to higher heights.

The same message was echoed by Mrs Ramatou Djibrin who thanked the donors for providing wheat in particular that will help in providing breakfast for the children.

Ghejung Awunti, Commissioner of Economic Development 

Placed under the leadership of Hamza Danpullo in the North West Region and supported by the Commissioner of Economic Development at the North West Regional Assembly, Ghejung Awunti, the association will continue distributing didactic materials in Ndop in the Ngoketunjia, Ndawara in the Boyo and other communities in the North West.

The didactic materials consists of text books, books, pens, rulers, pencils, school bags and wheat.

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Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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