We asked the headmaster, Monsieur Edouard Woukouo, to tell us about the school.
Less than 50 students followed classes in this school in the first year after it was opened. In its first years (from 1966 through 1988) the school functioned as a 'first phase school', which means it had only 3rd through 6th grades. The school applied for an extension and this granted on 15th November, 1988. From that day, we became a "second phase school" as well. This phase covers literature and science classes at the second, first and final level.
For the last two years, in the historic city of Foumban, the home of Bamoun art and King Njoya, our school has offered courses in artistic crafts. Our purpose behind creating this program was to relate our training to the students' environment. Our students are often inclined to dream - this program helps to keep their feet on the ground.
In the 32 years of its existence, the school has educated over six thousand students, of whom today a great number are working in the service of their country and the world in general. The difficulties of the economic crisis with its numerous negative consequences for the local community reduced the number of active students from 950 in 1990/91 to 245 in 1995-96. For the past two years, our school has been actively working on creating a more dynamic organization. We are supported in this by the Evangelical Church of Cameroon and benefactors such as the Ulenhof College and the Sponti-Aalten organization, both in the Netherlands. These efforts have resulted in an increase in the number of students: while there were 252 students at our school in 1996-97, this number has grown to 315 in 1998.
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