The Baka’s are an ethnic group in the South Eastern rainforest of Cameroon who are facing an uncertain future, with their traditional lands increasingly being allocated to mining companies. Plan International Cameroom is promoting the rights and participation of Baka children through the Baka Rights and Dignity Project (BRD).
I wish to continue my studies and build a career in modern medicine
We have also launched and successfully developed educational programs for Baka people, initiating a pilot program in Intercultural Multilingual Education to improve school participation and life opportunities for Baka children. Through the ‘Children’s Forum’ and ‘Children’s Governments’, many educational activities have been organised to promote the education and participation of Baka children. We have also connected Baka children to scholarships, so as to successfully complete primary education.
Chanceline, 8, is a Baka child. She enjoys attending school, however school has been challenging for her. Her teachers are irregular in school and the existing water sources in her school have broken down. We have constructed classrooms and toilet blocks to promote the education and hygiene of Baka children.
‘I would like to obtain my First school-leaving Certificate. That is why, I like going to school,’ says Chanceline.
Keeping children in school
She is also an active member of the Children’s Forum in her village initiated by Plan International Cameroon. Through this forum, she encourages her peers to stay in school.
‘I wish to continue my studies and build a career in modern medicine,’ says Chanceline.
Our success in the Baka Right and Dignity project has been outstanding, but not without hitches. There is an urgent need to employ diligent and committed teachers, and make the schools more attractive with facilities such as drinkable water sources and more classrooms.