Project profile — Equitable Access to Inclusive Education in Crisis-Affected Regions of Cameroon



Overview 

CA-3-P007015001
$10,000,000
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2019-11-16 - 2021-03-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Cameroon (100.00%)

Sector 

• Education facilities and training:
Education facilities and training (11120) (34.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (33.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (33.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)

Description 

The project seeks to improve schooling for children and adolescents aged 4 to 15 years, including those living with a disability, with a special focus on girls. The project targets areas affected by humanitarian crises in Cameroon’s Far North, Littoral and West regions. Project activities are aimed at those whose access to education has been severely limited by a crisis, particularly children and adolescents who have been displaced and repatriated, and those who have become refugees. Project activities include the following: 1) train 101 education and child protection workers on gender equality, on the rights of girls and on the rights of children living with a disability; 2) train education stakeholders on how to integrate out-of-school children into education systems, particularly girls and children living with a disability; 3) develop and implement gender- and inclusion-sensitive school improvement plans, including the construction of latrines adapted to the specific needs of adolescent girls and children with a physical disability; and 4) train 1,344 teachers on themes related to education in emergencies, gender-based violence in schools, special education and gender-sensitive teaching practices. The project seeks to increase the enrolment rate of girls in the targeted areas, directly affecting 77,200 girls and 2,100 children living with a disability. Boys also benefit from access to quality education.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include: 1) improvement of the quality of education for all children, in particular for girls, in the project intervention areas; 2) more equitable access to inclusive, safe and quality education for all children, in particular for girls, in the project intervention areas.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2021) include: (1) trained 863 child protection and education actors (265 women and 597 men) on inclusive education, child’s right, gender and human rights, and protection of children with disabilities; (2) trained 363 members of 20 community-based child protection networks (164 women and 199 men) on child’s right to education. Also strengthened their ability to identify and refer vulnerable out-of-school children to animators and social workers; (3) promoted and valued their efforts to sensitize parents to the importance of keeping children in school. As well, their prevention and protection actions already benefited 8,054 people, including 2,903 children (1,306 boys and 1,597 girls) and 5,151 parents (2,973 women and 2,178 men); (4) identified 420 children (195 girls and 225 boys) at risk of dropping out of school and provided them with psychosocial, medical and legal support as needed; (5) supported school reintegration (school fees and supplies for their return or stay in school). Among those children, 33 (20 girls and 13 boys) are children living with disability; (6) provided school supplies (books, pen, pencil, school bag) to 400 pupils (171 girls and 229 boys). Among these,135 children living with a disability (50 girls and 85 boys) enrolled in 25 different primary schools; (7) identified 420 children (195 girls and 225 boys) as being at risk of dropping out of school received psychosocial, medical, legal support as needed, or support for school reintegration (school fees and school supplies for their return/stay in school); (8) provided hygiene and dignity kits (including a torch and a whistle to prevent rape and attract attention if attacked) to girls in all zones; and (9) distributed 7,936 temporary hand-washing stations, 711,000 bars of soap and 31,332 hydro-gel hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $5,000,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transactions
Transaction Date Type Value
01-03-2021 Disbursement $4,450,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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