Educating Slum Children

Education has been proven to be a key to escaping the cycle of poverty across the world. In most slum communities in Cameroon, girls are encouraged by parents to drop out in order to help at home or get married early. They do not see the value of letting girls complete their education This leaves children vulnerable to child labour, abu,se and violence. Without skills and self-confidence, these children are trapped in lives of low-paid manual work. The most common reasons given for dropping out are lack of interest in their studies, cost of education and family pressures. Many parents have little education themselves.

Children are the future of a nation. They are the best change agents, be it in the family or the community in which they live. It is, therefore, crucial to help the children, it’s best to catch them young and inculcate in them feelings of empathy and conscience so that they will grow up as responsible individuals. Sensing this need, CADEF sensitizes communities and underprivileged children and their parents, towards the existing inequalities around them,

Privileged children are sensitized about the deprivation and pain endured by underprivileged kids. CADEF seeks to inculcate a conscience and value system in the children so that they grow up to become responsible citizens and change makers. Before their minds are set with age, We try to make them count their own blessings and understand the plight of less privileged ones. Once they start realizing the worth of the privileges they are born with, they automatically turn their thoughts towards positivity and develop the right outlook. This eventually helps them develop into not only successful but responsible individuals in life. They grow up to become significant change-makers, who contribute positively to society.

We visit various schools and conduct engaging sessions for young minds. It sensitizes children towards various causes and lets them realize their privileged status.