The Development and Empowerment of Women Program (DEW) has continued to be a source of creating opportunity bases for more women and marginalized in around the North West Region.
Today the project can boast of 70.000 persons who have been sensitized and equipped with adequate skills and support to bring about social and economic transformation in communities. One of such initiatives is that of Mrs Nkambi Julia who after her training created Heritage Bilingual and Primary School Upstation, Bamenda.
The school opened its doors for the first time in 2009 and is run by an active PTA body.
Today the school can boast of a nursery and primary section, with a total of 84 pupils. The nursery section has 34 pupils and primary section has 50 peoples.
It has a staff of five with one minority grooming 84 pupils, 60% girls, 40 % boys, and 35% being of Muslim minority.
According to the Head Teacher, the minority groups hardly send their kids to school, so the school body at times walks up to them for sensitization.
The school has placed three students on scholarship from very poor backgrounds and orphans who are presently being educated on no tuition fee. They are:
Fosi Clinton (8years) – Class 5
Sayon Collins (5 years) – Class 1
Ali Ibrahim (6 years) – Class 3
For the past three academic years the school has been monitored by the Inspector of Bamenda one and a team of Inspectors from Yaounde.
The Proprietress, Mrs Nkambi has a vision to raise the school to international standards in the nearer future.
Monitoring human rights and governance issues
The DEW Project also aims at contributing to human rights and the promotion of good governance practices at all levels of the society, through the transformation of power relationships and structures that promote discrimination and oppression against women in particular and the marginalized in general. COMINSUD’s work on human rights monitoring is designed to provide objective, well-supported information on the human rights practices, businesses, private groups and organizations so as to provide a basis for advocacy and future protection of human rights.
Promoters are trained to tap into the potential of Information so as to increase citizen participation, monitor human rights violations, carry out sanitizations and also inform and educate its constituents and the public, on various human rights and governance issues. This groundwork has been deeply rooted in communities across the North West Region, such as Bello, Bali, Batibo, Wum, among others.
Various human rights monitored and classified in different scopes and scale
|The Scope of Human Right||The scale of Human Rights|
|Political Rights( participation)||International treaties , covenants and conventions|
|Civil rights ( Dignity)|
|Economic Rights (production /Income)||
African Charters, Human rights, women and children Rights.
|Social Rights (safety and protection (belonging)|
|Cultural Rights ( identify)|
National Laws and the Constitution
|Rights of people with disabilities|
|Rights of people living with HIV.||Customary laws, norms and practices|
Instances of interventions
A mentally retarded girl was discovered to have been left naked at home by her father. We instructed the father to understand that this was a violation of the child’s rights and that the child is entitled to her rights to protection and privacy. Consequently he gave in to our pleas and the girl cleaned up, dressed up and given more attention.
Njeko Victor: Lead Promoter in Bali
Two pregnant girls in Forms I and Class Five were thrown out of their homes by their parents. DEW promoters in Batibo succeeded to reconcile these girls with their families and counseled the families to provide their girls with gestation care. After the negotiations, the girls were received and accepted back home and we have been paying home visits to encourage their parents to the take care of them.
A native of Batibo we noticed was always drunk and very sick. Talking to this man, it was discovered that he had a prolonged unsettled dispute with his family and consequently had been abandoned. We succeeded to trace out his sons where about after which we brought in Rev Pastor to talk them to reconciliation. Unfortunately the reconciliation failed and this man finally died. His corpseswas abandoned by his sons in the mortuary. After close to a week, we had to call the Fon’s attention who intervened for this man to be given a proper burial.
Madam Esther: Promoter in Batibo
This program aims at seeing that individuals, local community based groups and particularly women have improved understanding of commitment to building a human rights society; engage citizens in dialogue within the context of democratic governance, to ensure a drop in human rights violations
To keep track of work and to facilitate the success of these promoters and animators, COMINSUD provides Monitoring Human Rights and Governance Issues reporting forms. In these forms, animators fill in their activities, observations and recommendations. This enables the office to evaluate the results of the training put on ground and to intervene and carry out follow-ups in targeted areas.