From the 18th to the 21st of August 2015, Educate a Child in Africa (ECA) organized its “Play and learn” activities with the children of the Save the Children Alliance and Emmanuel Memorial Home of Hope orphanages in Limbe, the South West Region of Cameroon. The fun game activities were geared towards showing the children the importance of education.
In both orphanages, the activities implemented rekindled hope for a better future and inspired a passion for consequential formal education. The play and learn activities that characterized the visit were, inter alia, “Secret Inspiration”, “Self portrait”, “Thug of war”, “Shape tracker” and “Egg Race”. The children played while learning and expressed their desire for more of such activities. Speaking at the end of the activities in the Save the Children Alliance orphanage, the founder, Madam Ngale Nalova Josephine, expressed her gratitude to the Educate a Child in Africa team. She said, “Your play and learn activities have greatly impacted the children. They are usually involved in playing but it has never been playing and learning at the same time. I think you should pay us more visits in order to continuously build their capacity in different aspects”.
In the Emmanuel Memorial Home of Hope orphanage, the coordinator, Mr Betchem Peter, lauded and expressed his gratitude to the Educate a Child in Africa team. He said, “The development of children is more than building infrastructure of a country because when you secure the future of children and young people, they will take care of the infrastructure”. The children were elated about the activities and presented a gift to Educate a Child in Africa, an artifact depicting a brave child who sees education as a key to his success despite all the barriers he faces.
The Educate a Child in Africa team to the orphanages was made up of trained volunteers and interns from the University of Buea.