Over 1400 schools in Cameroon set to learn from Rwanda’s environmental protection curricula

By Esther Muhozi
On 12 April 2024 at 12:24

The Blue Lakes International School (BLIS), through its initiative to promote education at an international level, Blis Global, along with the Department responsible for Private Schools in the central region of Cameroon, Ceduc, have signed an agreement to enhance education.

Through this agreement, over 1,400 private schools in the region will be enhanced with courses related to environmental conservation, technology in programming and the use of robots, as well as BTEC economics.

The signing ceremony took place on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at the BLIS headquarters, marking the conclusion of a visit by a delegation of 45 entrepreneurs in the education sector in Cameroon, organized with the aim of learning from this school.

The agreement was also signed by a representative from the Lycée Blaise Pascal in Paris, France, recognized for its experience in environmental protection and conservation activities, serving as a model for both BLIS and the schools in Cameroon.

Tsimi Lazare, the Secretary-General of the Department for Private Schools in the central region of Cameroon, who owns a primary and secondary school in the country, confirmed that the positive experiences gained in Rwanda will contribute to transforming the educational landscape in their home country.

He stated, "As long as these programs are implemented with a spirit of collaboration, we will undoubtedly achieve great things, and BLIS will play a significant role in enabling Cameroon to reach many of the milestones already achieved by Rwanda. There are schools that will start benefiting from this partnership next year."

The implementation of this agreement will be based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is initially set for a three-year period, with the possibility of extension if successful.

Jean Pierre Kibuye, the director of the Blue Lakes Group, which includes BLIS, highlighted the environmental conservation efforts that will be learned from the school he leads.

He said, "We have launched projects aimed at self-improvement that also protect the environment, such as chemical-free agriculture, and livestock farming of cows, pigs, rabbits, and chickens in an environmentally friendly manner."

Through this agreement, the schools in Cameroon will receive essential equipment and the construction of laboratories for teaching ’Coding’ and ’Robotics’.

Initially, this equipment will be delivered to 45 schools represented in this visit, with others to follow.

Starting next year, from BLIS and other places in Rwanda, youths with sufficient knowledge in these technological fields will head to this West African country to provide comprehensive training to teachers and students in these subjects.

Kibuye affirmed, "I am confident they will learn a lot from Rwanda since we have Rwandan children who are already knowledgeable in robot technology, which will be beneficial for them in finding employment, and our students can also work there after completing their studies here."

BLIS Global collaborates with schools in Burundi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, Benin, and now includes Cameroon.

Forty-five schools will begin to reap the benefits of this collaboration, with others gradually achieving the same success."

BLIS has embarked on a partnership that will enable more than 1400 institutions in Cameroon to access new lessons in technology and environmental conservation.
Students from BLIS showcase some of their environment friendly projects at the institution, derived from their coursework.
Forty-five entrepreneurs from Cameroon affirm that the knowledge acquired from BLIS will transform the educational landscape in their country.
Students of Lycée Blaise Pascal School displayed their achievements in environmental conservation, stemming from their educational curriculum.
Jean Pierre Kibuye, the director of the Blue Lakes Group which includes BLIS school, highlighted that in terms of environmental conservation activities, there is much these institutions can learn from the school he leads.
Other agreements were signed by the school leaders themselves, and the BLIS school.
The representative from Lycée Blaise Pascal in Paris, France, signed an agreement with BLIS.
Initially, equipment will be delivered to 45 schools represented in this visit, with others to follow.