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Education Stories

USDA McGovern-Dole 2018 Award

The United States Government, through its Department of Agriculture (USDA), has awarded 27 million dollars for a literacy and nutrition program for primary schools in 4 regions of Cameroon. Nascent won the privilege of implementing this program through a highly competitive bidding process with other international non-profit organizations. The initiative, officially, the McGovern-Dole International Food [...]

Fueling Education: USDA’s McGovern-Dole Food For Education’s Impact

Across many villages and schools in rural Cameroon a new paradigm is emerging. Young girls who would otherwise be working the fields to help their families eke out a subsistence are going to school regularly. When they do, they are not listless and hungry and inattentive as the prevailing material poverty would command. They are [...]

Development is Woman Led: Nascent CEO

The price of Arabica coffee, the main cash crop in the North West Region of Cameroon collapsed on the world markets in 1980s. Initially, the men coffee farmers could not believe that their main source of income had suddenly vanished. But as the years passed and things did not change, there was a growing realization [...]

Children in Rural Schools Adopt the E-reader

Access to quality educational and literary materials is still a huge challenge in rural areas in Cameroon, where parents often have to choose between feeding the child and buying them a book.  With support from the USDA, Nascent has acquired and shipped books for the over 20,000 school age children in the 92 schools benefiting from [...]

Building Responsive and Responsible Leaders

Nascent programs promote participatory decision-making which cultivates ownership, ensures transparent and accountable management of resources and sustainability. Parents, teachers, school administrators and government officials pool their thoughts together to devise strategies on how to properly nourish children so they can perform better in school. Stakeholder Workshops All Nascent programs include good governance workshops and stakeholders [...]

Good Governance Training To Sustain Literacy & Nutrition

In order to sustain the transformative impact of the USDA funded McGovern-Dole program in North West Cameroon, Nascent/MGD workers have engaged community leaders, local officials and school staff in Good Governance training workshops to promote, cement and sustain the gains of two critical components of the program. These are: Improving the literacy of school age [...]

Creating A Culture Of Literacy With Mobile Reading

Ishatou Bongkongyuy is a 10-year-old girl of class 03 in GS Chaw, one of Nascent’s MGD/ALIGN project schools in Noni Subdivision in Cameroon’s Northwest Region. Chaw is a small peasant community; over half of the population are Wodaabe. Ishatou is the last of a family of six.  Her mother Delphine Keri lost her husband 10 [...]

Mobile Reading Pilot In Cameroon

Students in the North-West Region of Cameroon queued up with their parents throughout Bui Division to receive books from Nascent/McGovern Dole Mobile Libraries in late March. The students who otherwise would be benefiting from the USDA sponsored McGovern/Dole (MGD) program in their classrooms, have had to adapt to socio-political turmoil that has shuttered their schools. [...]

E-reader Pilot Initiative A Success.

Africa’s rural children are being increasing left behind in a rapidly industrializing world. Most young scholars and their teachers are cutoff from the learning and teaching opportunities offered by internet apps and networking tools. The result is a widening gap in literacy, general aptitude and ultimately opportunity. To break this bleak trend Nascent Solutions recently [...]

Literacy Day With E-readers

Nascent Solutions staff, together with traditional and civic authorities in Bui and the Tadu Community joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 50th International Literacy Day. The theme of this years’ celebrations was “Reading the past, writing the future”. The event was held at GS Tadu, where the e-reader program and distribution of supplies [...]

Community Rallies For Food For Education

In a robust demonstration of cooperation, representatives of the Cameroonian government, local chiefs, parents and members of the community at large showed up in large numbers for a festive official kickoff of the McGovern-Dole/ ALIGN (Advancing Literacy with Good Nutrition) program on May 6th 2016. Cameroon has been ranked by the UN Food and Agriculture [...]

USDA McGovern-Dole School Meals Program Kicks off at Islamic School

The US flag and the Cameroonian flag flapped in the wind. Children, who a few years ago were forgotten dregs of the Cameroonian backwoods, susceptible to all manner of negative influences, danced and sang in unison with shining eyes, for the representatives of their government and a program sponsored by the US government and implemented [...]

Drop Everything And Read

In our target communities students on average read at three tenths of the international literacy standard. This poor start predicts crippling competitive prospects for young scholars in today’s information age. NSI’s Education program in North West Cameroon has been consulting with local education officials from state, community and religious institutions as well as the heads [...]

Ending Gender Based Violence

NSI joined the international community in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which began on November 25th to proceed through December 10th. Gender-based violence is endemic in the communities in which we work and international condemnation and attention of gender-based assaults help greatly in changing the culture and shaming perpetrators in our beneficiary communities. [...]

Refugees Learn to Read and Write

With civil conflict raging in the Central African Republic, many displaced citizens have crossed over the border into neighboring communities in Cameroon. While Cameroonian charity extended warmly to these war immigrants, there have been many difficulties adapting. The most significant problems were the myriad issues that challenge uprooted and displaced people; lack of housing, lack [...]

Empowered Women Inspire Rebirth of Rural Zambia

6,304 empowered women are turning the tide of poverty and repression in Zambia’s Northern region. They are the beneficiaries of WEAVE (Women Empowered-to-Fight Aids and Violence Everywhere), supported by USAID and Nascent in Zambia’s remote eastern region. WEAVE women have recently celebrated world AIDS day, and raised their voices in 16 days of activism against [...]

Ambassador Visits Women’s Project in Zambia

On April 19th, 2011, the US Ambassador to Zambia, His Excellency Mark C. Storella paid a cordial visit to the USAID supported WEAVE project in Mpika District in Zambia.  WEAVE is a three-year women’s empowerment program being implemented by Nascent Solutions in Zambia. Its immediate goals are to: – Increase the ability of 12,000 women [...]

American Ambassador Visits Food for Education Program

His excellency Robert Jackson, The US Ambassador to Cameroon, paid a cordial visit to the USDA funded McGovern-Dole Food For Education program in Bui Division. The program in 20th months,  put smiles on the faces of over 18,000 primary school children in 75 villages in Bui division, established 50 school gardens and built 50 kitchens [...]

Beatrice Buys a Bicycle in WEAVE Project Success

Beatrice Sichone is a member of Kapyandoshi WEAVE women’s group, which she joined in February, 2011. Her group has 21 members and total group fund of 1, 800,000 Zambian kwacha (ZMK). Beatrice has ZMK48,000 in mandatory and ZMK190, 000 in voluntary savings. She got her first loan of ZMK50, 000 from the group and bought fertilizer, vegetable [...]

NS’ Intiative To Protect Rural Girls In Cameroon

It’s a bright school day in the village of Mfumte, in Cameroon, West Africa and Christina is staying home from school. Again. She takes care of her twin siblings while their mother goes to the farm, where she raises their family food. Christina bathes her siblings, dresses, feeds and cleans them when they make a [...]