Community centred, enabling methodologies have been central to our work. Much of our work has been at the grassroots, because we believe that change comes from each of us, in how we live our daily lives. Whether helping a community build their own school, a tree planting project or student internship, in one village, a region or international, an over-riding goal has been to promote collaboration, social justice and transparency.
From 2004 our work was run through five interlinked programmes – Democratisation, Education, Environment, Culture and Women’s Empowerment – with programmes integrated so that the overall goals and vision of UNAFAS are addressed in a cross-cutting and harmonised way. Our environmental education work for example has been a vehicle to develop democratic values in schools and communities. Environmental education training for educators (with individuals, government inspectors, education authorities, professional development providers) has addressed pedagogy as much as environmental knowledge. Emphasising participative, student centred approaches, promoting critical thinking, debate and collaboration (in line with what has evolved into ESD and Sustainability Education) has been as much a part of our work developing student councils, school elections, and leadership training as it has been our Conservation Values Programme.
We worked with the Cameroon Bar Association, involving lawyers in the process of enabling community involvement in local and national governance.
We’ve worked with education authorities and 47 schools, standardising school elections, so that young people know and experience the benefits of living and learning in environments run on democratic principles
We’ve run seminars for young people
Facilities and equipment
Improving the quality of education
Widening horizons and opportunities, through scholarships, internships, study tours, international travel
Helped rural people address their everyday environmental problems
We’ve worked with schools, to help them develop conservation values in their students, staff and wider
We have written, supported and promoted publications on Palaces, Fondoms, religious community, museums, and exploring traditional relations and sexuality within family.
We’ve supported research on the influence of indigenous knowledge in traditional and modern Cameroon society, how it can be used to strengthen education work.
We’ve worked to encourage and provide opportunity to African women, to help them improve their social and economic status, their living conditions and well being.
Our African Scholars programme has given a helping hand to brilliant young women.