Education: Chantal Biya Remains Teacher, Builder

Through her NGO, CERAC and her Foundation, the First Lady has contributed to build and equip schools in all the ten regions of the country.

There is no doubt as to why the First Lady of Cameroon, Chantal Biya is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education and Social Inclusion. Moreover, she is considered as the “Woman with a Good Heart”.

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This is because of her commitments and efforts to provide quality education and livelihood to Cameroonians wherever they may be found in the country.

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Such efforts have earned the First Lady international recognition. She was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education and Social Inclusion in November 2008, in Paris France.

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This was in recognition of her longstanding support for inclusive education, particularly concerning girls, women, orphans and the underprivileged, as well as for HIV/AIDS research, treatment, education and prevention.

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The First Lady, over decades has committed to fight social exclusion notably through HIV/AIDS education and prevention with activities carried out by her humanitarian association, the Circle of Friends of Cameroon, (CERAC), her foundation (Chantal Biya Foundation) and the Pan-African Association, African Synergy Against AIDs and Suffering which she initiated its creation in 2002.

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Through the Chantal Biya Foundation, the First Lady is known nationwide for the construction of schools dubbed "Les Champions-FCB” Government Primary School. The Chantal Biya Foundation has fully engaged in constructing and equipping "Les Champions- FCB” primary schools in all the headquarters of each region. In each region, a ceremony of reception and retrocession of these schools to the State was organized by the Chantal Biya Foundation.

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This is why today it is easy to read schools such as “Les Champions-FCB" Government Primary School of Yabassi, "Les Champions- FCB" Government Primary School, Memiam, "Les Champions-FCB" Government Primary School, of Garoua, "Les Champions-FCB" Government Primary School, of Limbe II and "Les Champions- FCB" Government Primary School, of Ngaoundéré amongst others. These schools, unique in their presentation, have constantly received didactic materials and other assistance from the First Lady through CERAC. CERAC’s assistance to the educational sector is not limited to "Les Champions- FCB" Government Primary Schools.

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The non-charitable association of the First Lady constantly takes its humanitarian caravan to all the nooks and crannies of the country rehabilitating and equipping primary and secondary schools.

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The most recent of such events was at Okola in the Centre Region, where the diplomatic wing of CERAC rehabilitated the 54-year-old Okola High School officially handed it to the Okola educational family alongside gifts to the population.

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Official handing of schools renovated and equipped by the Circle of Friends of Cameroon have been organized in all the ten regions of the country and such events have been yearly since the creation of the association by the First Lady.

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