EASI has developed a two tried programme to provide holistic support the young people need, to develop into leaders. Our sustainable model is also committed to tackling the negative attitudes and cultural norms which hold girls back from fulfilling their potential.
Through our coding programme, LITC hopes to harness the role of technology in contributing to social change and improved development outcomes. Our ‘Teaching Coding to Girls in Cameroon Project’ support women and girls in local schools and villages in Wum, Bamenda, Douala, and Yaoundé. The specific objectives of this programme are:
- To promote and put the power of digital making into the hands of girls and young women in Cameroon so that they are capable of understanding and shaping out an increasingly digital world. To be able to solve the problems that matter to them and equip them for jobs in the future.
- To empower and develop more girls and women strengthening independence, community development, regional integration, growth and enhancing the prospects for sustainable development of ICT in Cameroon.
- To build civic technology capacity within civil society and promote digital literacy
- To help young women develop websites, apps, and games in a social engaging environment. To also give these young people the opportunity to meet other young people with similar interests, and work together on technology based projects and visit technology companies or innovation hubs and learn from guest speakers and mentors.
As part of the EASI programme, LITC is running an IT incubator hub in Douala, for displaced young persons from the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. The aim is to create an enabling environment as well as a support system for tech start-up initiatives of these young people.
- Football for hope
LITC uses Football to connect with individuals and the wider community, while also have the power to connect people from different barriers and overcome community issues, social taboos and breakdown hurdles.
Through the implementation of a 3-way learning strategy, mobilising: Cognitive; Behaviourist; and Social Learning theories, LITC mobilises Football to assist people to develop new skills; learning from one another; and accept new ideas, in this instance about HIV/AIDS and how best to combat the conditions together.
LITC programmes incorporate embedded skills, HIV/AIDS awareness and community conflict resolution within our football activity sessions.
As part of this programme, LITC has recently partnered with Coaches Across Continent (CAC) to build capacity in communities for football coaching that impacts the UN SDGs and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Young people especially girls in Cameroon suffer from high rates of unemployment.
Thousands of girls suffer sexual exploitation and abuse every year.
Completion of secondary school remains a challege for many girls, especially those from poor homes living in rural Wum.
Due to poverty, lack of Education and Cultural norms child marriage remains commonplace.
EASI is working for a world where these young people can overcome these obstacles. Instructors and Mentors focus on improving; skills and knowledge, social inclusion, active citizenship and mental and economic independence, provide information, advice and guidance to aid information and thinking processes that give them more choices about how to behave in their families. The project will run for five years. It provides the opportunity for over 100 participants and over 400 indirect beneficiaries.
It will contribute towards the development of Education, Social and Civic Engagement, personal development as well as Economic Development in Wum, Menchum Division Cameroon.