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Building Responsive and Responsible Leaders

Nascent programs promote participatory decision-making which cultivates ownership, ensures transparent and accountable management of resources and sustainability.  Parents, teachers, school administrators and government officials pull their thoughts together to devise strategies on how to properly nourish children so they can perform better in school.

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Good Governance Training To Sustain Literacy & Nutrition Gains

In order to sustain the transformative impact of the USDA funded McGovern-Dole Food For Education program in NorthWest Cameroon. Nascent/MGD workers have engaged community leaders, local officials and school staff in Good Governance training workshops to promote, cement and sustain the gains of two critical components of the program. These are:

  • Improving the literacy of school age children( through improving the literacy teaching skills of teachers and making reading materials more available to students)
  • Sustaining good health in pupils by continuing the school meals program, with community contributions in school kitchens, school gardens and broad governance sensitization on prioritizing the nutritional needs of students in local and community governance policy.

The workshops were well attended. Attendees were especially attracted to the Participatory Management Model for  Basic Education which even in the context of decentralization government, or reduced funding in poor countries can sustain high standards for  literacy and nutrition in school age children.

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Community Rallies For Food For Education

In a robust demonstration of cooperation, representatives of the Cameroonian government, local chiefs, parents and members of the community at large showed up in large numbers for a festive official kickoff of the McGovern-Dole/ ALIGN (Advancing Literacy with Good Nutrition) program on May 6th 2016.

Cameroon has been ranked by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as a low income food-deficit country. In real terms this means that 36% of Cameroonian children under the age of five are stunted, 16% underweight, and 7% wasted.  Rates of anemia among preschool aged children are very high, 40% are deficient in vitamins and half lack access to iodized salt leaving them vulnerable to iodine deficiency disorders.  And most are susceptible to dysentery and other diseases of poor sanitation and unclean water.  These are the sad circumstances behind the rallying of the masses in support of this USDA and Nascent Solutions to begin to address these shortcomings. In a show of communal optimism, parents and women’s groups danced and sang. School Children performed songs and skits and played traditional instruments. Queuing up in orderly lines to sample the food and nourishment the program will bring to them on a daily basis.

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MGD/ALIGN will provide warm nutrient balanced meals in schools to children who otherwise would go hungry. The program’s  fore-runners have been setting up school gardens, tended by members of the community, parents and students themselves to buttress their food needs. MGD/ALIGN is further constructing hand-washing stations, gender assigned bathrooms and classrooms to put in place the tools necessary to give the world’s most marginalized children a chance in a competitive world. The program’s launching in IPS Njombo showcased these new amenities. Which in the end will include a clean-water well driven by a solar pump to further guarantee water access. In total USDA and NSI’s program will impact the lives of 32,000 children.

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Visit our MGD/ALIGN Launch Gallery Here.

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