By Rita Ngum
CBC Health Services Education Scholarship Services: With Partners, for Education of Learners with Impairments. 39 students and pupils with hearing and visual impairments and mobility from the CBC Inclusive School and Sign Language Center (ISSLC) Mbingo, CBC Inclusive School and Brail Center (ISBC) Banso, CBC Primary School Nkwen Bamenda and the University of Bamenda, have benefited from the maiden edition of the CBC Health Services Education Scholarship Service.
The scholarships donated by some well-wishers from abroad and in Cameroon is going a long way to support access to education, needs of many learners with impairments in the country. The scholarships were awarded to beneficiaries through the Services of Persons with Disabilities (SPD) of the CBC Health Services in a ceremony chaired by the Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, CBCHS. Awarding the scholarship to the beneficiaries on March 31 2022, Mr. Warri Denis noted that the CBC Health Services has put in place the scholarship service to facilitate the access to education for persons with disabilities in the Northwest Region and why not beyond. He added his voice to that of the SEEPD Program Education Advisor to appreciate the donors and encouraged others to support the education of children with disabilities. Mr. Warri pledged the commitment of the CBC Health Services to promote the education of children with disability in Cameroon.
While presenting the scholarship initiative, the SEEPD Program Education Adviser paid tribute to one of the main donors Mrs. Truus Treep and her friend of blessed memory, Wil Schrijvershof, who visited the ISSLC Mbingo and were so burdened by the challenges faced in educating children with hearing impairment in Cameroon. In her dying bed, Wil Schrijvershof will part of her savings to support the education of Deaf girls in Cameroon. She added that one lady from the USA with visual impairment also of blessed memory, contributed to supporting the education of students and pupils with visual impairment.
The setting up of the scholarship services has been greatly supported by some Cameroonians of good will and is open to the general public willing to contribute she explained. It is worthy of note that the handing over of the scholarship awards for beneficiaries out of Bamenda, was led by the supervisor of Community Based Rehabilitation Services of the CBC Health Service Mr kenchi Joseph. 8 pupils from CBC Inclusive School and Sign Language Center received in Mbingo, 13 pupils in CBC School for the Blind and Brail Center received in Kumbo.
According to one of the beneficiaries; Ndim Clement the President of the Student Association of Persons with Disabilities at the University of Bamenda, the gesture is a wonderful initiative. He appreciated the donors for the resources which will go a long way to enable more children with disabilities access education. He promised to use the scholarship judiciously. One of the parents of the beneficiary expressed gratitude and testified that taking care of the education of children with disability in Cameroon is not easy and it is relieving to know that some well-wishers can think of children with disability and support their education.
The CBC Health Services is putting in place strategies to sustain the scholarship service, with the hope that the scholarship can support the tuition of some of the beneficiaries throughout their education.