I have initiated a few projects, some of which are still in the starting phase. Reports about these projects shall be provided to the public later or to any individual if need be.
Information Technology Education at Schools in Cameroon
Mindful of the extremely large difference in computer litracy between the West and developing countries, and the importance of Information and Communication Technology in almost every domain, this philanthropic project targets the youths of Cameroon in West Africa. The project is aimed at enlightening young Cameroonians on computers in an attempt to provide them with future perspectives towards self employment and contributing to nation building as Information Technology has become a corner stone in every economy, be it in medicine, engineering, commerce etc.
Phases of the project
June 2004: Introducing the subject to the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board
June 2005: Preparing a Draft Syllabus for General certificate of Education Exams in Computing and Information Technology at Ordinary and Advanced Levels.
Click to see interview with The Post newspaper in 2005 in Cameroon
June 2005 to September 2008: Extensive analysis on the draft syllabus together with lecturers of the University of Buea, teachers of Computing and Ministry of Education. During this time, a textbook was being authored by Dr. David Njibamum of European Patent Office Munich, Germany and myself (A. Mofor) to help teach the syllabus.
The book is called Basic Computer and Information Technology for Cameroon Schools, published by CAM-ICT.NET and is now used by many schools in Cameroon.
Since 2008: Enlightening the public on Information technology Education and Supporting in pedagogic activities about the subject.
Click to see interview with The Post newspaper in 2010
June 2010: First examinations in Computing and Information Technology aat Cameroon GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels.
Since 2010 : Providing computers to some schools and colleges in Cameroon. Since practical work is indispensible in the teaching and learning of Information Technology, assisting as many schools as possible would give more students access to computers and facilitate learning.
Click to see The Post report on computer donations to schools in January 2011
Special thanks to individuals and companies, most especially TESAT-Spacecom GmbH & Co KG for donating a good number of computers and also assisting in shipping them to Cameroon. See report in TESAT Magazine on this project.
I thank all those who have supported this project so far; the Cameroon GCE Board, Ministry of Secondary Education and all friends and colleagues who have suppoted this project either moraally or materially.
Current challenges: Training enough teachers to teach the subject and providing high quaality teaaching materials for practical work.