The new school year has kicked off on a very hard financial note for some confessional schools in the North West Region as bandits have stormed the schools, even before the first lesson was ever given, making away with millions of francs. This is not the first time this is happening, and may not be the last time either, as these schools have become financial soft spots for bandits. Unfortunate as these incidents are, they also pose a challenge to Catholic educational authorities as besides ensuring that the academic prowess these schools have established are maintained, they also have to adapt to the changing times.
Broken wall in bursar's office in one of the schools
Unidentified armed men recently attacked several boarding schools in Bamenda and held people at gun point after which they carted away colossal sums of money. The colleges attacked either days before schools reopened, on the eve or on the reopening day include Sacred Heart College Mankon, Presbyterian Secondary School, PSS, Mankon, Baptist High School, BHS, Mankon, Presbyterian Secondary School, PSS, Bafut and Presbyterian Secondary School, PSS, Nkwen.
Christian Men Fellowship, CMF, National President, Ntumfor Barrister
The National Committee for Men’s Work, NATCOM of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon has launched a crusade to pressure government authorities to give Religious Studies its rightful place in Cameroon.This was the major outcome of the 2012 NATCOM meeting that took place on September 01 at the Presbyterian Church Centre, Mankon-Bamenda under the auspices of the Secretary Committee of the Ministry, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Anyambod.
The mileage of ills that tear Cameroonians apart is very long. From tribalism and favouritism through the influence and manipulation of sects and new religious movements, to greed and corruption, there seems to be just no hiding place for Cameroonians as these ills are everywhere and in every form. While the secular world is at odds addressing these setbacks, spiritual prescriptions provide a sure path down this slippery slope.
There is no doubt whatsoever that corruption is the biggest challenge facing Cameroon today and is a threat to social cohesion. Despite the considerable efforts made to combat it, evidence suggests that corruption has actually increased in Cameroon, thus making it a broken land.
Cameroon is often described as an “Island of peace” in a troubled Central African Sub-region, but her peace and stability are seriously threatened by the cancer of tribalism that has eaten deep into every fabric of the society. The obsessive feeling of loyalty to one’s own tribe, party or group to the exclusion of others continues to fuel disdain, scorn, mutual suspicion and distrust among Cameroonians and is fast destroying the fragile strings that hold the nation together.
Politics is most often described as a dirty game and by extrapolation any political victory could be said to be “dirty”. It is regrettable politics in Cameroon leaves much to be desired given the human and material casualties that have been registered since the rebirth of multiparty politics in the early 90s.
Blaise Deffo Cameroonians do not think collectively. Everyone thinks for himself. Because Cameroonians are self-centred, they fear accepting their fellow Cameroonians because they are afraid to share with others. They think accepting the other will reduce their personal gains. When we are egoistic, we tend to be individualistic and social cohesion cannot grow in such a situation.
Diocese of Yagoua August 16, 2012 St. John Baptist Parish Dziguilau
Following an article which Rev. Fr. John Bintum wrote in L’Effort Camerounais N° 527(154)06, from April 25 to May 09, 2012 entitled “Missionary Priest from Bamenda Archdiocese in Yagoua Diocese Appeals for Assistance”, I have received help from some people and I now write to thank you sincerely for the help. I have received phone calls and promises from others. In conscience, I am bound to thank each and every one of you.