Cameroon:  Cosaco promises a scientific and technological revolution

Cameroon:  Cosaco promises a scientific and technological revolution

Former students of the Sacré-Cœur secondary school in Makak (Cosaco), have made every effort to make a new school program  in the country.

By Didier Ndengue, in Douala

A new wind has been blowing at the Collège Sacré-Cœur in Makak (Cosaco) since Monday September 4th  2017, the beginning of classes in Cameroon. This establishment, which looks great on this occasion, was disappearing a few years ago. Thanks to the mobilization of its former students, many of them now officiate at the highest summit of the State.  Cosaco has regained its glory of yesteryear. Almost everything has been refurbished. Electrical circuits, laboratories in the natural sciences, physics and chemistry have been completely redesigned. As well as the multimedia center, whose crew is provided by two mobile phone companies. The association of  former students of the school  (Amicosaco), which is in charge of  its management, wants this institution to meet international standards.

Meeting current labor market requirements

The aim is to provide courses that meet current development and labor market requirements. For this new start, new vocational streams are included in the program. The administration of the school has revealed to students’ parents some channels that will reinforce the reputation of Cosaco. On the menu, electrical maintenance and agriculture … Five national languages ​​will also enrich the picture since  students have to make a choice  between Duala, Ewondo, Fufulde, Ghomala and Bassa’a. Foreign languages ​​are also on the program: English, of course, but also Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

A national pride

Created in 1946 and located about 80 km from Yaoundé, in the district of Makak, department of Nyong and Kelle, the problems of Cosaco began after the departure of the Canadian brothers in 1985. Their successors are accused of the bad management of this school which was one of the renowned private religious schools in Cameroon, like the Libermann school, the Libamba Evangelical school, the Vogt school, and so on. Today, its former students insure that Cosaco will be a national pride thanks to the success of its learners and the innovations brought within the institution.

For its modernization, which will continue throughout the current school year, the studnets’ association has launched a fund-raising operation to restore the image  and equip Cosaco with an equipment that does not yet exist in private institutions in Cameroon. The estimated budget is about 1 billion CFA. The association counts on the support of institutions and all people with a good will, who can directly contact the school administration for their contributions. Alain Noel Olivier Mvondo Akame, the coordinator of the modernization committee and a former student of this secondary school, says that it is a new selective Cosaco that will welcome only the best. Therefore, students, teachers and the administrative staff are handpicked.

According to the current general director of the National Social Welfare Fund of Cameroon (Cnps), this newlook school provides now all its students with modern technological and scientific tools to promote their learning and personal development. “It is a Cosaco open especially to the world. We want to give the students all the sociological, scientific and philosophical elements that will allow them to integrate naturally and simply the competitive and difficult world “, said the coordinator of the modernization committee.

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