A partnership sealed to promote the education of girls and keep COVID-19 off schools

Professor Nalova Lyonga pleased to work hand in glove with a long-standing partner renowned for their efficient actions in the education sector.

This was during a dual ceremony that brought together Prof NalovaL yonga, Minister of Secondary Education and Miriam Berena Castaneda, the Country Director for Plan International Cameroon. The ceremony which took place on 18 August 2020, in the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Secondary Education, was attended by Boniface Bayaola, Secretary of State in charge of teacher’s training, and Prof Fabien Nkot, Secretary-General of the said Ministry, amongst other top officials.

The twin ceremony consisted of the handing over of wash kits to fight against COVID-19 in schools and the signing of a partnership agreement between the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC) and Plan International Cameroon.

Prof Nalova Lyonga appreciated the donation of 2,000 cartons of soaps and 250 buckets with taps and assured Plan International Cameroon that the consignment will be used accordingly. In this regard, she urged the Directors concerned to make sure the donation is dispatched to the various schools in due diligence by Saturday, 22 August 2020.The minister equally seized this opportunity to extend gratitude to all donors for their unrelenting support to MINESEC in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Through this partnership agreement, Plan International Cameroon intends primarily to improve the education of young girls alongside the Ministry of Secondary Education”, Miriam Berena Castaneda disclosed. Thanks to the enabling environment set up by the partnership, this objective would be achieved by way of boosting the access of young girls to technical and scientific education, fostering gender-mainstreaming and inclusion while promoting quality education and the living standards within the school environment. The partnership equally targets children in areas prone to conflict and crisis. Prof Nalova Lyonga is further satisfied that this initiative will greatly contribute to the empowerment of young girls so as to make them self-sustainable and less vulnerable.

On behalf of the Government, the Minister of Secondary Education commended the Management of Plan International Cameroon for their timely response to the call made by the Head of State to prioritise public-private partnership for the improvement of social life in Cameroon.

Aimé Ngidjol