Humanitarian Response: Education
In the first month of the 2020-2021 school year, less than 30 percent of schools in the anglophone regions of Cameroon have been operational, with a higher concentration of students attending education in urban centers despite an insufficient number of teachers in the classrooms.
Only 730 primary schools out of 3,127 (23 per cent) and 142 secondary schools out of 558 (25 per cent) in the NW region are operational. In the SW region, 837 out of 2,195 (38 per cent) primary schools and 89 out of 352 (25 per cent) secondary schools are operational. On average, 50 percent attendance by teachers is recorded for both regions. However, in the NW, 79 percent of secondary and 60 percent of primary school teachers are not at work.
October 2020 was noteworthy for the high level of atrocities committed against children and education personnel in the NWSW regions. The education cluster, in collaboration with OCHA and with the support from partners, is engaging in advocacy with actors on the ground to refrain from attacks on education and the use of education as a political tool.
In spite of all these hostilities, education cluster partners were able to continue providing access to learning for 71,731 new learners (32,022 boys and 39,709 girls) in the regions including through community sensitization for safe and protective learning, distance learning, provision of essential teaching and learning materials, and capitation grants for learning.