Articles from Cameroon
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 11 January 2023
Transforming education: what role will be given to textbooks and under what conditions?
Roger Kaffo Fokou
On 16, 17 and 19 September 2022, the World Summit on the Transformation of Education was held in New York. Its aim was to find a suitable response to the education crisis. At stake, and beyond the challenge of equity and equality, is the adaptation of education systems to their...Transforming education: what role will be given to textbooks and under what conditions?
Union renewal and development 21 October 2022
Cameroon: the urgent need for trade union renewal in a time of severe restrictions on freedoms
Roger Kaffo Fokou
The struggle for freedom is common to women and men throughout the world and throughout time. Like Sisyphus' rock, we never finish trying to get to the top of the mountain. But the context is never the same and, at the same time as each struggle is individual to one...Cameroon: the urgent need for trade union renewal in a time of severe restrictions on freedoms
Union renewal and development 25 August 2022
The winds of trade union change blow across Africa
A webinar organised by Education International’s regional office for Africa (EIRAF) was the opportunity for an enriching and useful exchange of experiences of trade union renewal between member organisations in Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire.The winds of trade union change blow across Africa
Union renewal and development 5 April 2022
Amplifying young voices within trade unions in the COVID-19 new normal
Education International has joined other global union federations (GUFs) in a project aiming to promote union renewal and train young unionists.Amplifying young voices within trade unions in the COVID-19 new normal
Trade union rights are human rights 14 March 2022
Cameroon: The government must respect the unions as partners in social dialogue
Faced with the rise of anarchic and disorganised teacher protest movements on social networks, Cameroon's education unions are stressing the urgency of holding social dialogue in good faith. They have asked the public authorities to respond as quickly as possible to the many teacher demands and to keep their promises.Cameroon: The government must respect the unions as partners in social dialogue
Democracy 31 August 2021
Cameroon: Education organisations’ joint project for democracy and union renewal
Education International and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES, German acronym) are working together in Cameroon on a capacity building project, “Union renewal: building strong, inclusive, democratic and effective unions in the education sector in Cameroon”. The project involving all of Education International’s national member organisations will run from 2021 until...Cameroon: Education organisations’ joint project for democracy and union renewal
Leading the profession 21 October 2020
“Africa: Collaboration between Unions and Governments for a Better Future in Education”, by Cherine Sabry.
Unions and governments have been in conflict since the dawn of time. The mere existence of unions as a force to defend workers’ rights where governments fail to do so in and of itself leads to this conflictual relationship. In Africa, unions have rarely been consulted during the COVID-19 crisis...“Africa: Collaboration between Unions and Governments for a Better Future in Education”, by Cherine Sabry.
Trade union rights are human rights 7 October 2020
Cameroon: Union development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
A teacher union operating in the private sector has decided to take a series of actions to ensure decent working and living conditions for teachers and also to strengthen its capacities and ensure that teachers’ voices are really heard by the public authorities.Cameroon: Union development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
Trade union rights are human rights 2 June 2020
Cameroon: the resumption of face-to-face classes without proper preliminary planning endangers teachers and students alike
Organised teachers in Cameroon have warned the government that a resumption of classes on 1 June carried out without sufficient preliminary planning would put the educational community in danger. They have especially insisted on reduced class sizes and the provision of masks and hand sanitizer.Cameroon: the resumption of face-to-face classes without proper preliminary planning endangers teachers and students alike
Trade union rights are human rights 27 April 2020
Cameroon: teachers must get more support in developing their skills to help them deliver quality distance education
While acknowledging that teachers had already been offered training to help them develop the skills needed to deliver online classes before the COVID-19 crisis had begun, educators should be better trained in the area according to an education trade union in Cameroon. Authorities should ensure that teachers are well-equipped to...Cameroon: teachers must get more support in developing their skills to help them deliver quality distance education
Trade union rights are human rights 23 April 2020
Gabon: teachers support governmental initiative for education to continue through distance learning
Although they believe the XGEST platform distance learning initiative launched by the Ministry of Education is worth trying out during the COVID-19 initiative, teachers, through their representative organisation, the Syndicat de l'Éducation Nationale say that they have strong reservations as to whether all students can access it. They therefore insist...Gabon: teachers support governmental initiative for education to continue through distance learning
Trade union rights are human rights 7 February 2020
Cameroon: Unions denounce ongoing violence in schools
Teachers’ representative organisations in Cameroon are united in demanding security in schools in a country “badly shaken by an unprecedented and wave of intolerable violence” at the beginning of the year.Cameroon: Unions denounce ongoing violence in schools
Leading the profession 17 October 2019
“Higher ambitions for education and copyright in Africa and the world”, by Mugwena Maluleke.
African nations actively participated in the development of the Sustainable Development Agenda that acknowledged the centrality of education in the achievement of all other plans for a better world. Like other nations of the world, they committed to the provision of a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious...“Higher ambitions for education and copyright in Africa and the world”, by Mugwena Maluleke.
Trade union rights are human rights 1 May 2017
This May Day, why not try solidarity?
As the occasion to celebrate and reaffirm the value and values of trade unions, from which their principles continue to inspire, today must also serve as a lens to carefully examine our societies and institutions.This May Day, why not try solidarity?
Standards and working conditions 2 December 2016
Cameroon: Teachers press government to take action for improved status
Teacher unions in Cameroon have unitarily called on primary and secondary teachers to strike in December to force the government to respect commitments on improved teachers’ working and living conditions and fixed status.Cameroon: Teachers press government to take action for improved status
Equity and inclusion 24 August 2015
Cameroon: trade union workshop addresses women’s rights
A seminar on women's rights in Bafoussam, Cameroon, organised by the Swedish union Lärarförbundet and Cameroon’s education unions affiliated with Education International, was undertaken to help participants better understand and tackle the issues.Cameroon: trade union workshop addresses women’s rights
Standards and working conditions 3 October 2014
Cameroon: Demand for more public investment in education
Global market dynamics have not benefited education. That’s according to Roger Kaffo Fokou, Deputy General Secretary of the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement et de la recherche(FESER), one of Education International’s (EI) affiliates in Cameroon, in a statement to mark World Teachers’ Day on 5 October.Cameroon: Demand for more public investment in education
Union growth 29 July 2014
Cameroon: Trade union rights being attacked
Cameroon's teacher unions have condemned sanctions imposed by public authorities in Cameroon which threaten the exercise of their trade union rights by workers.Cameroon: Trade union rights being attacked