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MTN Foundation Eases 

 

 
By Leocadia Bongben
 
The MTN Foundation has provided didactic material (school bags, exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers) and stationeries to enable visually impaired children commence this new academic year. 
The donation falls within the framework of foundation’s initiative dubbed ‘Back2Skoul2014’ aimed at providing school necessities to about 7,000 orphans and underprivileged children.
The MTN Foundation launched the ‘Back2Skoul2014’ programme on Friday, September 5 at the PROMHADICAM Centre in Yaounde. 
MTN Foundation Regional Director, Marie Chantal Zehnko’o, during the ceremony said: “Today marks the start of operation Back2skoul2014 Caravan set to travel the nooks and crannies of the country to assist underprivileged children go back to school”. 
Providing the rationale behind the initiative, Zehnko’o said: “The most precious legacy a society can leave for the people is education”.
She said the MTN Foundation’s commitment to education goes beyond the caravan to positioning itself as a strategic partner to the Government to ensure access to quality education for a large number of Cameroonians.
The foundation intends to, in the coming years, invest massively in the construction of schools, training of teachers and the promotion of excellence in the teaching of science and new technology, she revealed.  
Underscoring the importance of education, she quoted the late Madiba Nelson Mandela who said that: “Education is the most powerful art one can use to change the world.”  
To her, investing in quality education and guaranteeing more access to Information and Communication Technologies in schools, the MTN Foundation is providing children with the means to familiarise with the exigencies of an emerging world.
Laurent kibambe, PROMHADICAM Director, hailed the initiative and thanked the foundation on behalf of the other beneficiaries, promising to put the material to good use. 
About 200 visually impaired children from: PROMHADICAM, Centre des Jeunes Aveugles du Cameroon, CJARC; Foyer Ecole du Rouffignan; CEPAMOOC Douala; Bulu Blind Centre Buea and Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired, Garoua, have been selected to get the didactic material. 
Tagging the material their ‘minimum package’, Kibambe said this would go a long way to help the centres start the school year.
Appreciating the choice of the centre to host the ceremony, he said PROMHADICAM was created in 1975 with the objective promoting inclusive education of handicapped persons, through the primary school, both visual and visually impaired, Brail Printing Press that provides material programme, rehabilitation, among others. 
The ceremony was interspersed with the jokes and songs from the visually impaired while the MTN Foundation also served them snacks and drinks. 
In 2013, the Back2Skoul Caravan supported 5,100 children of the 10 Regions in Cameroon to go back to school. 

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