US Offers 54 million FCFA To Urban Refugee Students
It is to pay school registration, registration for State examinations, textbooks and stationery for students in Yaounde and Douala.
The United States of America on November 29, 2016, in Yaounde handed over a cheque of 54 million FCFA to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza handed over the gift to UNHCR’s Country Representative for Cameroon, Khassim Diagne, in the presence of Bayaola Boniface, the Secretary of State for Teacher Education in the Ministry of Secondary Education.
Khassim Diagne said over the years, the UN agency together with government has registered about 1,400 refugee children in primary school, 305 in secondary school and 71 in university. The 54 million FCFA support is meant for this year’s school registration, registration for State examinations, textbooks and stationery for 270 urban refugees in secondary school in Yaounde and about 150 others in Douala. He commended Cameroon and the US for ensuring that the 420 children go to school. Gifts of textbooks and stationery were later handed over to all urban refugee students registered in secondary school this year.
Ambassador Hoza said no one knew who amongst the refugee students would become a great inventor in future; thus the wish of President Barack Obama to see all refugee children receive education. He commended Khassim Diagne for “the miraculous work” carried out in Cameroon to assist refugees. The leader of urban refugees in Yaounde, Azaid Khamis, spoke of their challenges that oblige the men to do menial jobs, school-age children to carry out work in construction sites to eke a living and women to resort to prostitution. Azaid Khamis urged refugees to continue to strive to better their conditions instead of waiting for others to do everything for them.