Primary and secondary education is nominally free in government-run institutions in Cameroon, but the burden of providing adequate learning infrastructure and sufficient teaching staff falls predominantly on parents and communities especially rural and urban poor communities. As a result, many of these communities have inadequate school infrastructure and dilapidated structures, insufficient/unequipped classrooms, insufficient trained teachers, and lack of water and sanitation in schools. This leads to overcrowded classrooms, poor performance among pupils, high dropout rates, and a risky learning environment. This situation has worsen with the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon (Anglophone crisis in the North West and South West, Boko Haram in the North and the Rebels from Central Africa Republic in the East) Hundreds of thousands of children have been refused access to education by these humanitarian crisis and are being exposed to SEA, GBV, being recruited as child soldiers, and more.
To contribute towards an inclusive and equitable quality education that promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, through the construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of dilapidated educational structures, the provision of scholarships to underprivileged children especially Internally Displaced children, supporting community learning spaces through salaries for teachers, didactic and learning materials in humanitarian crisis regions of Cameroon.
- Salary and didactic/learning material support to Community Remedial Learning spaces (CRLS) in hard to reach areas, rural and peri-urban communities in the humanitarian crisis and conflict regions of Cameroon where formal education is not possible.
- improving school infrastructure in rural and poor urban communities through the construction of classrooms, rehabilitation and equipping of dilapidated structures and the construction of modern toilet blocks and stores in schools hosting affected populations from ongoing humanitarian crisis in Cameroon.
- Providing scholarships to underprivileged children (mainly IDPs and affected host populations of humanitarian crisis) at the nursery, primary and higher education levels.
- Inculcating values of environmental management in pupils and students through practical training on organic farming and tree planting techniques and setting up school environment Programs.
- Improving water and hygiene situations in schools by providing potable water to schools, construction of toilet blocks with hand washing facilities and provision of drinking pails to schools.
- SHUMAS has directly assisted over 1900 out of school kids due to the humanitarian crisis in the country through supporting the formation of community learning spaces, provision of teaching and learning materials and salary support to teachers
- SHUMAS has constructed and rehabilitated over 800 classrooms and equipped them with over 75200 benches, 800 teacher’s tables and 800 chairs in all 10 regions of Cameroon.
- Over 10110 pupils and students at all levels of education have benefited from the SHUMAS scholarship program with focus on conflict affected children
- SHUMAS has provided potable water and constructed 250 toilet blocks with hand washing facilities to more than 158 schools
- More than 200 school have benefited from the School Environmental project
Insufficient funding in relation to the demands of the public, denominational and private education stakeholders has been the major challenge to SHUMAS. With the degeneration of humanitarian crisis in Cameroon and the Anglophone crisis in particular, the situation has been worsen as more and more kids are being refused access to any form of education. Also with the security situations providing educational assistance is becoming more complex than before.