Rural Youth Leadership and Sustainable Development
Rural Youth Leadership & Sustainable Development is a not-for profit organisation dedicated to the plight of youths in Cameroon. To better handle some of our objective we have developed a centre well known as ‘ICT Training Centre for Special Needs Educators’.
The Project: ICT Training Centre for Specific Needs Education is being developed to understand and put in place strategies for inclusive education. Addressing Special Needs in the classroom is vital to put the policy of inclusive education into practice for these teachers for special needs education and support. In Cameroon there is very limited experience in special needs education. Children with learning difficulties are therefore bundled with other children in the same classes where teachers do not have the training to cope with learning differences. The teachers are not trained in how to teach children with special needs. In particular, learning difficulties in subjects like mathematics, language are not given the attention required. The teachers are unaware of the underlying cause of such difficulties.
It is against this backdrop that this project was initiated with the objective of equipping teachers of primary and secondary schools with the skills to teach children with a range of learning difficulties.
Using internet and other technology innovation to support education or social change in the community is to have catalytic effect on the number of children with learning difficulties and quality of learning. We believe that if people have ability to access, share and create information, then they are empowered to make positive changes in their lives and community. It is well understood that the gap between the rich and the poor in Cameroon is widening. Technology has the potential both to widen and narrow the gap. The power of teachers to affect change is heavily depend upon the level of information they are able to access. This ICT Centre has the potential to aid development in all sectors, by increasing access to information, aiding communication and enhancing choice of learning.