Government Bilingual Primary School Mabeta is located in Limbe, the South West Region of Cameroon. Educate a Child in Africa, Inc. introduced the Family Engagement Initiative to the institution. The authorities of the school welcomed the idea and gave the responsibility of implementation to Kepemen Valerie and Henrietta Keng, teachers of the school. The team from ECA organized a training session and drilled both teachers on how to effectively carry out Family Engagement.
As directed by the training, Henrietta and Valerie made a first visit to the pupil’s homes early in the third school term. Both teachers and parents discussed issues concerning the children in general. From this meeting, the teachers learned among other things that some kids never have homework done because their parents run businesses that make them unavailable till late in the evening. Other parents are not literate enough to be of much help to their children. Henrietta suggested that the parents should assign someone to help follow-up the pupils at home. She also encouraged them to make time from their busy schedule and check the children’s books.
After the First Visit, Henrietta and Valerie monitored the pupils for a while. They invited the parents over to school for a second visit on Wednesday, the 18th of May 2016. The teachers welcomed the parents and discussions ensued on the evaluation of the pupils’ performance after the first visit. Both parties agreed that the First Visit has positively impacted the children. Dounla Podeleine, mother of one of the kids affirmed that she now checks her daughter’s books and assists her with homework. The teachers further encouraged the parents to double their efforts so that the children can excel.
The parents appreciated the Family Engagement Initiative and said they are all ready to collaborate with the teachers. Henrietta and Valerie are very passionate about Family Engagement. Even when they run into the parents in town, they endeavor to tilt their conversations towards the situation of the pupils.