BAYA Empowers 10 Disadvantaged Girls with ICT Skills


There were 10 of them, randomly picked from Mbatu, Bamendakwe, Mankon and Nkwen rural zones of Bamenda that successfully passed out from the BAYA Enterprises training on ICT at Savanah Street Bamenda, with diplomas in computer software operations during the graduation ceremony on Saturday October 31, 2015.

The laureates mostly teenage mothers, orphans and girls from poor background were trained on basic computer operations like the use of Microsoft office words, excel, access, PowerPoint and adobe PageMaker and on how to browse and navigate their way on the internet.

Mirabel Lum Nchang, an 18 year from Alabukam-Mankon said she hopes the training would help her get a better job one day. “I have come across many job opportunities but my lack of computer skills hindered me from getting one” she said. “Hopefully I think this training by BAYA will help me get one sooner” she added.

Nangah Brenda, the course leader speaking at the passing out ceremony praised the efforts of BAYA and the Pollination Fund – US, for offering them such a wonderful opportunity and hope the project could be extended to include more girls from poor back ground and expanded into other remote communities of the region.

The Assistant Divisional Officer for Bamenda II Subdivision, Yenika Daniel, advised the girls to use the skills acquired from the training to continue to broaden their knowledge through the use of the internet that offers unlimited learning opportunities.

Two BAYA trainees presenting a sketch

Two BAYA trainees presenting a sketch

“Don’t be found wanting any longer, use the computer knowledge you’ve acquire here to open up new horizons through the worldwide web” he advised.

Chei Marvellus, Coordinator of Baya Enterprises said their main aim is to support underprivileged   women, mostly girls to access information and communication technologies in a bid to improve on their livelihoods. The group he said has already trained 22 underprivileged girls gain ICT skills and job placements in Cameroon, and will help this latest batch pick up jobs as secretaries, receptionists and clerks in companies and institutions across the Northwest Region while also encouraging them to create small ICTs enterprises like office documentation highly needed in some rural areas where these services are completely lacking.

He promised that with the help of partners, BAYA will continued to train more girls particularly school drop outs, orphans, girls living with HIV/AIDS, those from very poor background, street children and those in remote rural communities.

By Ako Emmanuel

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