Although girls are encouraged and motivated to attend school and higher education, both the economic and social climate in the South West region of Cameroon are among the many barriers preventing women from being employed. One of the main issues is the lack of support during the transition from school; young people develop on an academic level but frequently are not given the essential guidance to find jobs in the formal sector following their studies. Unemployment among women can lead to dangerous approaches of achieving financial stability; prostitution, theft or early marriage.
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation”
ORWDAP believes that educating and training women bring about self-esteem and confidence so that they can strive to be strong active members of society. For the last 12 years, we’ve been running a series of vocational training workshops that have allowed more than 400 women to step into their communities with the skills and qualifications to make them more employable. These include:
- Computer literacy; from Microsoft office to coding, we offer classes to women who are interested in kick starting their career in administration or informatics.
- Business; ORWDAP is teaming up with some new and exciting start-ups that focus on women’s development in the business world. They will be carrying out workshops on microfinance, business development and accounting, all with the aim of creating business opportunities for women (details to follow.)
Fualefac, 23, carried out ORWDAP’s computer training course and feels empowered with her new qualification.
Penn, 22, studied computer software in our vocational training centre. She wants to give a testimony of the classes and how much she enjoyed her stay in the academy.
Agbor Evera Otang age 24 years studied Microsoft office. What she enjoyed most of all this courses was Microsoft Word. The class was intertaining an i love the method of teaching.
Rita Jabea Lisongo age 25 years studied software applications. In my days in schools, I felt like I was home. I hope to see that, the building of the school is improved to make the new students more confortable