It would be apt to quote Wangari Maathai when she said “It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa”. The Arachneed, today takes pride in featuring an article by Ndecham Clifford, the founder of Education for Development. Clifford’s intitiative makes us say “this time for Africa”- signing off..Arnav Anjaria.
EDUCATION 4 DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (E4DF) was created in 2010 by a group of Cameroonian youngsters with me being its founding executive director. Created with the will to educate people to empower their community. E4DF stands by the Chinese Proverb “If you are planning for a year, plant Rice. If you are planning for two years, plant trees; If you are planning for life, educate a person” it is therefore our sole reason for engaging only in education. For we believe if you give somebody education, nobody can take it away from him.
Some of our projects include THE RURAL CHILDREN’S EDUCATION FUND (RCEF); which is out to provide study materials to pupils and students in rural communities. Every year, we identify children who do not have the means to go to school in rural communities; we pay their fees as well as provide them with books and uniforms. This project will be executed this year in September.
We also have THE Millennium Development Goals Participatory Achievement Programs (MDGPAP) this project is out to sensitize students and youths in general about the millennium development goals and the role they can play towards achieving these goals. We deal mostly with schools and youth gatherings.
The most recent project is the Orphanage Children Education Fund (OCEF) this fund is out specifically for orphanages. What we do here is, we provide study materials to orphans such as pens, books, chalks, rulers etc. every year, we identify a number of orphanages and provide them with these materials.
Membership into E4DF is opened to anyone who has the zeal to support and promote education in the world and we are therefore calling on anybody with interest in education to join. There is no barrier as to country, sex, race, religion or political conviction.
Mr. Clifford Ndecham, is the Executive Director of Education For Development and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Law at the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon.
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