Young people in Cameroon operate in a political and social context where corruption and abuse of power put great stresses on the educational establishment. Rather than tackle the issue head on, many young people see little hope for improvement and so disengage from politics completely. Instead, they prefer to find ways around this problem by bypassing the traditional education authorities in search of a more effective solution outside existing institutions. This apathy simply serves to reinforce corrupt behaviour, as those involved see that there is little chance of discovery or justice being done.
Action Group for Democracy and Good Governance Cameroon is a not-for-profit organisation working to empower ordinary citizens in the country and to get youth re-engaged in politics. AGDGG has a long history of partnership with the education sector in Cameroon and works with secondary and high schools to build effective internal control and management systems. AGDGG is currently one of the few civil society organisations to have received accreditation from local government authorities in the region to carry out anti-corruption and participatory governance support activities in both public and private education establishments in South West. It is also an active member of Cameroon’s National Anti-Corruption Commission’s civil society coalition.
We’re delighted to announce that we have awarded AGDGG a grant of £6,900 to develop a new technologically-driven approach not only in securing effective and accountable management of educational resources for students and staff, but also in the teaching and training of nonviolence and the use of mobile communication devices and SMS to change the way students and teachers respond to threats and violence in schools. Students and staff will be trained in the effective use of ICT (mobile phone SMS, voice and emails) during protests against corruption and the promotion of non-violent campaigns. Up to three schools, including the University of Buea, Government High School Limbe and Bilingual Grammar School Buea will see their students equipped with skills and knowledge on how information communication tools (such as smart phones, internet and computers) can be used in non-violent campaigns and struggles against corruption and abuse of power.