2018 to present: Plant A Seed K-12 Online School Project
The K–12 online school project idea came about in 2018 after observing the heartbreaking consequences of the political unrest on children’s education in the northwest region of Cameroon. Plant a Seed hoped to provide a safe space for children to study by creating a K–12 online school to reduce the risk of getting shot and killed for wanting to learn. The organization will provide technical skills and flexible schedules to support students desiring to continue their education. We will make it possible for girls who are now mothers to continue their education via online learning. The online school will be accredited in U.S., Cameroon, and other participating nations for entrance into colleges and universities. For instance, students from the online school who pass the General Certificate of Education (GCE) board exam in Cameroon will be eligible for higher education. The school will emphasize STEAM subjects and entrepreneurship.
The school will apply two main theories, the cultural integration and augmentation (CIA) framework and the transfer and adoption of universal principles (TAUP) model. The CIA framework encourages learners and teachers to integrate elements of the local culture into the learning process and to prioritize the local context. The TAUP model encourages a symbiotic relationship between learners, their culture, the local context, and the classroom. Knowledge adopted in the classroom must be relevant to the learners’ local context and life outside the school. Information learned from another’s context or culture must be processed through the local cultural context. The relationship is evident when what the child learns in class can be used to positively influence their community, while knowledge learned from their community can positively impact their learning in the classroom. The goal is to create an online school that is unique and culturally relevant, promotes an African identity, and empowers learners to create the change they want to see in their communities instead of looking to others for solutions to local issues.
We ask for funding and partners to join us on this ambitious project.
2016 to present
Since 2016, Plant a Seed has been offering computer literacy to students ages 5 to 23 in Sabga in Babanki Tungo. We are asking for funding to support our teachers and buy portable devices, such as laptops and tablets to enable teachers to work with small groups virtually or face-to-face from multiple locations.
2001 to present
& Book Drive
Our Youth Activities and Book Drive draws much interest from learners during the summer break. It provides opportunities for students to engage in team activities in exchange for school supplies.
We are requesting funding to keep this project going.
2019 to present
High School Internships
Our internship program started in 2019 to serve the community in which we are based. The first group worked on an entrepreneurial project called Soccer for Kids. The funds raised from the project were donated to the Cameroon Youth Activities and Book Drive project. These students learn valuable skills for working in a team, fundraising, working with leaders from other cultures, and more.
Depending on the program's success and funding, the goal is to expand in South Bay and Los Angeles in Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, Westchester, Inglewood, and more. The U.S. office will continue offering youth internships and training programs in the following areas:
Video editing, creating flyers, and other marketing materials
Business plans and fundraising
Fundamental financial accounting and money management skills:
Cross-cultural capacity building and immersion: During our one-hour meeting, children learn about the cultural differences they might face working with employers from other parts of Africa. Further engagement includes plans to take them to restaurants to explore other cultures and to host cross-cultural events.
We request funding to continue this work and reach more students.
2020 to present
Professional Teachers Development
Quality education requires quality teachers. During the pandemic, the Forum for the Future of Education in Africa brought together educators from across the African continent and beyond to reflect and share to empower educators into the future. Over 300 educators from the public and private sectors met every quarter for two years.
We request funding to provide professional teachers' development and research opportunities for educators in this global network focusing on African education challenges.