AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE TEACHING STAFF OF THE DIVISIONAL YOUTH AND ANIMATION CENTRE KUMBA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE VISIT OF MR. & MRS WALTER AND VIRGINIE, THE MAIN SPONSORS (FROM THE ULM SECONDARY SCHOOL TOURNAI- BELGIUM) OF THE KUMBA PROJECT AREA IN KUMBA, SOUTH WEST PROVINCE – CAMEROON, ON TUESDAY 10TH .JANUARY 2006.
The Director of DYAC Kumba,
The Main Donors of the Kumba Project from Belgium,
The Chairman of the Kumba City Council,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The staff of Divisional Youth and Animation Center (DYAC) Kumba is very elated to meet “tête à tête" with the principal sponsors of the Kumba Project, from the ULM Secondary School in Tournai Belgium.
Before going further, we will like to first of all warmly welcome and wish you all present here today a very happy and prosperous new year 2006. To our donors from Belgium, we say have a wonderful stay in Cameroon and Kumba in particular.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the presence today in our midst of the sponsors of the Kumba Project from far away Belgium is a very remarkable event that history would never dare not to translate to posterity. Our honorable sponsors, we are vehement to declare to you that we are highly held spell -bound by your philanthropic action, coordinated from far away Beligum, an action that even the government of our country has failed to carryout.
For a few individuals from far away Beligum to ardently engage their resources in helping a very wide community in Cameroon through this sort of project is ample proof that God has through His immutable love chosen you, and only He who has chosen you can commensurately reward you, not us, for we can only do little through thanks.
We confess here that even if we doubted as to whether the government had no hands in this project, today, our doubts have been absolutely wiped out.
We further reveal that our first motivation to voluntarily accept being partners of the development of under-privileged children in this region of Cameroon, is the fact that we felt challenged by your action of handling even the plight of the teachers; partners by which the principal objective of this educational center would be attained. We indeed believe that you might have strongly decided to uphold the infallible Biblical writing that "Blessed is the hand that giveth, than the one that taketh" or yet another Biblical recommendation that " Give, and it shall be given unto to you" Luke 6:38.
Ladies and Gentlemen, with the achievement of one of the most important phase of this project, it is definitely clear that in no distant future, this center would completely attain its objective, of transforming poor and under-privileged children into self reliant, viable and responsible Citizens of our nation Cameroon.
Nevertheless, we the staff agreeably point out that much still has to be done in the domain of workshop tools and equipment. It is in this wise that we will like to behave like the famous Oliver Twist, by asking for more. Besides the basic workshop equipment, we have noticed keenly, some exigencies that only add as priorities to boost the advantages of the Center. Here, we are citing at the center having an alterative energy source by 'way of planting a standby Generator, because we have constant energy crisis in Cameroon. Also, such an achievement would remarkably boost the uniqueness of the Center , given that such a facility is very rare, if not absent, from any institution around, whether government or private.
As we cannot be indifferent to the present trend towards globalization, we are also recommending the establishment of Computer studies, because we are privileged to have a teacher among us who can train the students on that. We also think that, that would give greater advantage to students trained from this center, and it would be cheaper to the students, than if they would have to be trained at centers in town; hence the need tor the Center to acquire its computers is essential.
It would also be of great importance for you to know that while organizing the program of this vocational educational center to strictly respect the objective of training the students to quickly acquire vocational skills in various domains such as Electricity, Mechanics and Woodwork, that would enable them become self employed, the Director and staff have also committed themselves in doing their best in encouraging bright students to go further in academics after their training from this center, by following the National Syllabus tor Technical exams, prove being that three (03) students who were registered and wrote the 2005 session of the Certificat D' Aptitude Protessionelle (CAP) exam in Electricity passed, scoring 60% - All three are in Government Technical High School Kumba.
Ladies and Gentlemen, permit the staff to also table a salient issue, concerting the plight of the teachers, who have shown endurance and commitment in teaching at this center, as a support to the project in their own little but significant way. We are pleading that something be done to allocate motivation allowances for the teachers; as you might have already known, there is the wise saying that " When the right hand washes the left hand, the left hand also washes the right hand". Thus we can guess that with your presence here as we had earlier been assured by the Director and the Chairman of the City Council of Kumba, we would surely smile best.
We cannot stop without expressively extending our gratitude to the entire staff and students of the ULM Secondary School, Tournai - Belgium for their invaluable support to this project.
We equally seize this opportunity to thank the courageous efforts of the Director and Chairman of the City Council for keeping on managing the project well.
To the students, we call on them to take their studies seriously, for their future is in their hands.
Once more, we wish you our donors a very happy stay in Cameroon and God's journey mercies as you return to Belgium.
Kumba, the 10th January 2006
For the staff of DYAC Kumba,
Signed: E. Mbiaka Kolor (The Dean Academics )
The Chairman, Kumba City Council -Mr. Asapngu Ferdinand
The Director, DYAC Kumba -Mme. Pauline Bessem
The Sponsors of Kumba Project -ULM Secondary School, Tournai - Beligum
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