As we come to the close of 2016, Better Breed Cameroon’s team takes stock of the past year. 2016 was a ground breaking year in many ways. Our association finally received its legal registration number in the early months of this year. We experienced a growth in members, successfully met our target of holding a youth development project for every quarter of the year including our inaugural Campus Career Day and kept you al updated and informed via monthly blogposts!
This month’s post will share highlights of the year’s activities as well as tidbits of what you have to look forward to from BBCam team.
Sama Randy Youth Write Essay Contest- 2016
This was the first project of the year launched with in December 2015 with the deadline for submission of essays set for 31st January 2016. The 2016 edition challenged respondents to answer the topic question: Can we entrepreneur our way out to a better Cameroon? Why and Why not? We received a record high with thirty-six (36) entries which the three member jury whittled down to the best three (3) candidates. The winners were awarded prizes as follows:
With winners awarded in Buea and Bamenda. Read more here
1st prize (100,000FCFA) – Thursie Abanjoh
2nd prize (75,000FCFA) – Awanto Margaret
3rd prize (50,000FCFA) – Mbah Angwah Furt
Read more about the Youth Essay competition HERE. Also note that we are currently receiving submissions for the 2017 edition of this contes
Campus Career Day
In partnership with the University of Buea, and with the partial sponsorship of MTN Cameroon, Better Breed Cameroon realized its 2nd project of the year on 1st April 2016. As per the press release was communicated on 23rd February, the event was held to provide university students with an opportunity to receive pragmatic guidance on career prospects from young professional, potential employers and institution of further learning. Despite being an inaugural edition, the Campus Career Day had great organizational and participant turnout. Over 500 students were directly impacted by the event. The following opportunities arose in relation to this event:
ACCA announced a reduction of course fees for University of Buea students.
Bonie Fon of Bonaventures & Co pledged a million francs CFA to set up an investment club for the students of the University of Buea.
Belle & Glam offered two gift vouchers to the top two student entrepreneurs.
The United Bank for Africa, British High Commission and other panelist announced internship opportunities and shared contacts of professionals which students could use to find out more on questions they asked.
Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang pledged to mentor three female students randomly selected from the registry as of June 2016 which she did. See a report on her mentoring experience HERE: empower-me-program-with-dr-joyce-ashuntantang.
Web Empowerment Workshop
The first Web Empowerment Workshop ever held by Better Breed Cameroon was organized in Buea targeting students of institutions of higher learning in December 2015. The 2016 edition took place in Bamenda on 23rd July 2016. The project was launched on June 23rd and the deadline for show of interest was 20th July. 16 applications were received and 10 persons attended the event. It was an interactive workshop with participants receiving help creating LinkedIn Profiles, being introduced to blogging as a means of self- expression and marketing etc.
Better Breed Cameroon teamed up with young entrepreneurs like Cedric of Blogvisa.com, Etienne Ndagah of AfroTechnology and as always Churchill Mambe Nanje of Njorku.com
Better Hope Bursaries
As is tradition the last project of the year is the Better Hope Bursary launched towards the beginning of a new academic year. The bursary this year targeted schools that cater to students with disabilities. The following schools were suggested:
- Buea School for the Deaf- Buea
- Treasure Centre (school for children with Mental disabilities) Mendankwe- Bamenda
- Morning Star School ( Students with hearing and speech impairments) – Bamenda
- Ephata ( School for Children with hearing disabilities) – Kumba
Unfortunately due to the inability of our members to raise sufficient funds the association could visit only one school- Buea School for the Deaf. It was agreed that we will provide food/provisions to the schools we choose in order that it benefits the whole school and not just a single individual, particular considering that awarding bursaries based on academic excellence would be difficult given students’ disabilities.
What to look forward to in 2015?
Aside from our four main projects here is what you can expect from us in 2017
- We’re buying our own WordPress site new website! We plan to provide our readers and aspiring Better Breeders with more content, regularly updated opportunities for Cameroonians (scholarships, conferences, trainings, calls for submissions etc. which Cameroonians are eligible for), resources for being more informed/conscious citizens and spotlighting ordinary young heroes and heroines who exemplify the Better Breed creed to ‘Be the change you want to see’.
- We’re launching operation 1000 members! Better Breed Cameroon aspires to remain self-funded by its members, keeping to its vision of Cameroonians saving themselves and illustrating the power of African youth philanthropy. By making a call for more members we hope build a large enough network to sustain our activities without any foreign support. Email us for more information at email@example.com
- More teaming up with other social development ventures
- More content on our Youtube Channel! In the meantime, checkout what’s there already and subscribe!
Thanks for believing in our vision of a Better Breed and a Better Cameroon!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16-11-16
2017 SAMA RANDY YOUTH WRITE CONTEST
Better Breed Cameroon a youth-led, youth-focused philanthropic initiative is relaunching its annual youth essay competition against 2017. Taking previous feedback into consideration, the association has decided to launch the contest earlier to give contestants two months to work on a prize winning essay.
This annual essay competition named in memory of pioneer Better Breed member Sama Randy challenges undergraduate students of all higher institutions in Cameroon to ponder and write on socio-economic and political issues trending in the country in a bid to encourage critical consciousness in young people. This edition’s question reads:
‘In Your Opinion, What Is The Greatest Threat To Peace And Security In Cameroon? How Can It Be Averted?’
Thus inviting respondents to forward original ideas and solutions to addressing what is now a pressing issue faced by our nation.
As always, the competition requires essay responses to be a minimum of 1000 words (roughly two pages) and a maximum of 1500 words in English. All submissions should be made by emailed attachments to the association’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of the email should read: ‘Sama Randy Youth Write Contest Submission 2017’ and the email body needs to outline the name, contact number, age, degree program and higher institution to which the respondent belongs.
This year’s competitors stand to win one of three prizes; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize of 100.000, 75.000 and 50.000 francs respectively. The submissions will be graded based on content and presentation of arguments, spelling, grammar and compliance with rules of submission.
The deadline for submission has been set for the 11th of January 2017. Winners will be contacted in the first week of February 2017 and awarded on 11th February 2017- the National Youth Day.For more information on the essay contest, please contact Better Breed Cameroon using their email address: email@example.com or send them a message on their Facebook page Better Breed Cameroon.
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Sama Randy Youth Write Competition has come and gone successfully.
This year we received over thirty submissions from universities all over the country and even received an entry in French! The judges did an awesome job in using the limited time to narrow down our top three winners.
As proof that this year’s campaign had a vast outreach, each winner hails from a school in a different Cameroonian region!
Our 1st Prize of 100.000 FCFA has been awarded to
Ubangoh Thursie Abanjoh
An 18 year old undergraduate Management student of the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda in the Northwest Region
Last but certainly not least, the 3rd Prize of 50.000 FCFA is to be awarded to Mbah Angwah Furt aged 19 and currently enrolled for a B.Sc in Petroleum Engineering at the International Institute of Petroleum Studies (IIPS) of Saint Monica University Buea in the Southwest Region!
Congratulations to them all.
Congratulations to those who tried as well. The effort was commendable and the competition stiff!
We also say a very big ‘Thank you’ to Big Steps (a fellow youth-led, youth empowerment initiative focusing on issues of health) which partnered with us by increasing the award money for this year’s competition.
Awards were handed to the winners on 11th February, Cameroon’s Youth Day after a celebratory lunch by our coordinator Monique Kwachou, our newest active member Melissa Longla, and Ashoka Changemaker scholar Gabila Franklin
Within this week we shall post the award winning essays with some note on their importance and judges comments as to why they won. Stay tuned!!!
When Better Breed Cameroon was being set up two years ago this week, it was a dream. A fragment of a dream, held together with equal measures of hope and the readiness to be disappointed. But two years later our disappointments are yet to outweigh our capacity to hope. And that is what keeps us going.
This year has been a good one for Better Breed. So we decided to put together a timeline of our activities to display how far we have come, and to encourage those who believe along with us that we are the change we need. Only starting as individuals can truly change our nation for the better… Join the movement
Our New year began on an ambitious note with the YouResolve Mentoring Project: We thought about all the resolutions one make at the beginning of the year and how it would work out much better if only we had we had mentors guiding us along or inspiring us as the led the way. We all need examples and some help even if its just someone who can listen and believe in our dreams. Thus this first edition of Better Breeds mentoring project sought to match youth with older achievers in their related fields who could mentor or just help them network.
The project definitely had some glitches some mentors were just too busy to commit 100% and some mentees couldn’t take the networking opportunity hands on. But post evaluation we know what went wrong and how to address it for the next edition.
In May Better Breed was represented by Monique Kwachou and Brian Tamungang at the local consultations of the implementations of the post-2015 development agenda
The coordinator joined the British High Commission in saying it was #TimetoAct against sexual and gender based violence in conflict
In July Better Breed Cameroon will be partnered with TanabE for the TanabE’s Annual Summer Camp (TASC). TASC; a two day symposium held with the primary objective of changing the youth participant’s approach to education. The camp held at Tongou Hotel at Etoa Meki, Yaounde. Monique Kwachou of Better Breed spoke on making the most out of the average educational experience and thinking outside of the box. Over 60 participants attended and received first copies of the What Next? Newsletter.
With the GCE examinations over, Better Breed began officially distributing the What Next? Newsletter with an outreach led by Brian Tamungang
What Next? Newsletter attempts to serve as a guide to youth who just completed high-school and are on the brink of life-changing decisions such as what to study and where as well as what career to pursue to best fulfill them
On September 3rd Better Breed launched the pioneer Better Hope Bursary.
Call for applications went out, submissions were sent in and the first set to be granted this humble award were: Takor Sharon Mbiaya & Nkesi Kevin Kongnyu of the University of Buea. The recipients had their school fees, registration and dues paid under the direction of Mrs. Marilyn Mbua, the financial officer of Better Breed.
Better Breed launched the Better Minds Book Drive towards the end of October. We are still collecting books to donate to schools in 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
On Worlds AIDS Day (December 1st) Better Breed member Fri Delphine represented at an awareness campaign at Polytechnic Bambui where she engaged youth with an original sketch written to cater for the purposes of the day.
On the 3rd of December; International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Better Breed members; Nina Forgwe, Diane Manka, and Ms. Arrey Echi targeted the school for the deaf in Yaounde (ESEDA). Their opinions on the day left a lot to be desired. In typical Cameroonian fashion, Ms. Echi stated, the day was being celebrated elsewhere with fanfare and for show. They were unable to meet with the director because he was at the event with speeches and refreshments while the workers of the school had not been paid for months on end and the students conditions were far from celebration worthy.
Well… That’s a run-down of what 2014 had in store for us. It is not grand but it shows that little by little we can make a difference.
Be conscious, join the movement… Be the #BetterBreed
Guess what I forgot to add; this blog!
Better Breed Journal is another baby born this year. Enjoy!