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Church Road Belo, Po Box 09 Njinikom, North West Region, Cameroon
Posted: 574 days ago
DescriptionThe Rural Development Centre (RUDEC) started, as a concept, in the South West Regionof Cameroonin 2001. But it wasn’t until 2005 that RUDEC became a reality in the Boyo Division ofthe Anglophone North West Region. It was subsequently registered in February 2006 as a Common Initiative Group (CIG) with the Government of Cameroon. In December 2011 RUDEC was upgraded and registered as an Association with the Government as a not for profit organization with a wider operational area which enables them to be able to have branches all over the country. The idea for RUDEC first came about as a means to create opportunities for the underprivileged sections of society. The founders realized that by focusing on the needs of rural people, a centre such as RUDEC could empower and benefit local communities.
RUDEC encourages foreign volunteers to come and work together with local staff and members of the community, to try and help achieve their aims and to work towards the vision of the organisation.
Volunteersare directly involved in diverse grassroots participatory programs and are advocates of rural development in Belo, Boyo Division and hopefully in the future, beyond. Since inception, RUDEC has worked with various groups and individuals through programs such as beekeeping, market-orientated gardening, the youth/families guinea pig program, community empowerment projects and community health outreach initiative. It also runs a successful and ever expanding sponsor an orphan program.These activities are geared towards such goals as the generation of income, improved social well-being, improved nutritional status, enhanced livelihood for all and protection ofthe environment.
Educating underprivileged children is key to development and ranks as a RUDEC
priority. Local classroom populations frequently reach up to 150 students. As a result,
many children lack the individual attention required to succeed. To address this
crisis, RUDEC staffs local schools during the academic year with volunteer teachers
to provide educational expertise and to alleviate the large, student-teacher ratios in
under-resourced schools. RUDEC volunteers also facilitate free, after-school tutoring
programs to supplement local students’ educational progress. During the holidays,
volunteers operate summer school classes, which are highly attended by local
children. In order to develop the professional skills of local educators, experienced
volunteers also design and facilitate seminars on best educational practices
ResponsibilitiesProvide in-classroom support to local teachers
Design and teach daily lessons for the RUDEC after-school or summer program
Develop teaching materials as needed
Organize schedule for students’ attendance and monitor students’ progress
Design and instruct seminars for local teachers on best educational practices
RequirementsIntermediate level of English
Professional experience or degree in education beneficial but not required
Knowledge in primary and secondary school subjects (including English and French)
Strong communication skills
Hard working, flexible, creative, and able to adapt where resources are limited
Ability to lead educational training seminars for local teachers desired