By Mboh Promise in Bamenda
The first batch of children have been graduated from the Bamenda Disarmament, Dimmobilisation and Reintegration, DDR centre.
The graduation ceremony which involved ten children, six from pre-nursery and four from nursery levels took place, Friday June 17, 2022 at the DDR centre in Bamenda.
The first four children now await the creation of a primary for them to continue their education, as the 2022/2023 academic year approaches.
According to Yembu Evans, Head teacher of the school, the skyrocketing number of school children in the DDR centre shows that there is need for a primary school for the children to attain full education at the centre.
“My greatest problem on the part of these children is that there’s no primary school in the centre where they can further their education. In the same light, the parents and ex-fighters are crying for a primary school for the children,” Yembu Evans said.
The Head teacher who is a trained grade one teacher and also an ex-fighter added that education is very necessary at the transformation centre because some of the ex-fighters have the opportunity to learn so many things that they did not know.
On his side, the Coordinator of the centre, Kum Henry thanked the Head teacher for volunteering to teach the children.
He added that the children whose parents dropped their arms and decided to stay with them at the centre are Cameroonians and deserve good education just like other children elsewhere in the country.
Responding to the cry for a primary school, the Coordinator said everything is being done to grant their wishes, adding that the primary level would be established as soon as authorities endorse it.
“We started with the pre-nursery and nursery. We are going to move forward to the primary. I am working closely with the inspector of basic education for Bamenda II to make sure that the primary level goes functional,” Kum Henry intimated.
The graduation ceremony also witnessed the cutting of cake and award of prizes to the school children.