The restrictive measures adopted by the Government of Cameroon on March 18, 2020 to address the health crisis have affected some 7.2 million students, including around 4.5 million primary school children, 47% of whom are girls.
The situation is even more critical for children living in the Far North, Northwest and Southwest regions of the country, whose schooling had already been disrupted when a number of nonformal education structures were forced to shut their doors as a result of conflicts that predated the COVID-19 pandemic.
GPE provided US$11 million in COVID-19 accelerated funding in 2020 to help the country address the impact of the health crisis on its already weakened education system. The objective of the grant is to support the implementation of the Projet de riposte d’urgence contre la Covid-19 dans l’enseignement de base au Cameroun which runs from July 2020 to June 2022.
Ensuring continuity of learning for all vulnerable children
The program focuses primarily on students at the pre-primary, primary and lower secondary levels of public education institutions affected by the double crisis (health and security) in the targeted regions.
The support provided by GPE is also designed to help the Ministry of Education prepare for the reopening of schools and organize classes in a safe and protective environment, while also building the resilience of the education system to cope with future crises.
With this in view, special emphasis is being placed on activities to ensure the continuity of basic education for students in public institutions, while prioritizing equitable access for all children, both boys and girls, as well as for refugees, internally displaced persons, and the most vulnerable communities in disadvantaged areas.