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Representative to ALIVE: Patricia Ndikum Awah
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2022

2022 CELEBRATION OF WORLD VALUES DAY [WVD] IN YAOUNDE – CAMEROON


Cameroon joins the world at large to promote the annual campaign to increase the awareness and practice of values around the world. Values have become a public debate in many communities’ today. Discussions and importance of role play by values and the continuous need to exercise these qualities is a cry for every society. But the role in our lives and the importance of these values for our wellbeing are not always fully understood. Values are what matters in our lives, our communities and our environment.

The world values day celebration for 2022 was celebrated on the 20th of October but here in Cameroon we did the celebration on the 28th of October 2022 due to financial constraint and some delay. This celebration is gradually gaining ground in our community. Each year new ideas come up on how we have to reach out to the world in our own little way.

To mark this day we started with a march for values. We include cultural groups, handicap children (the lame, the blind and the dump & deaf), the orphans etc, and other associations. The schools and some government representatives were also present. Some individuals also came in, just as observers and spectators. Below are schools and associations we were able to identify:

- The CRTV-Radio - The Beba women - The women for a change (WFAC) - The ministry of social affairs - Amasia bilingual complex - Bostel schools - Green hills academy complex - English High School

The celebration was highlighted by a series of activities from the students and the pupils from the different schools. During this event values such as peace love, respect, cooperation, happiness, humility, care for the environment, environmental values, some cultural values etc. were presented.


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The celebration

This year in Cameroon we started up with a match for values, during which the participants held out flags carrying values, singing and matching along the street leading towards the Cameroon Cultural Centre. This public sensitization process was characterised by the different groups and schools, singing different songs carrying values messages.

This match pass was a very significant act, which interrupted vehicle from passing and attracted passersby to stop and seek to know what was happening. The demonstrators continued their singing and they matched right into the hall. Songs such as:


-“We are one, eeheee we are together, we are one, brothers, sisters are we together, we are one”…

-“We have joy like a river, a river”... and so many other songs.


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Cameroon World Values Day 2022 March for Values


The celebration continued in the hall with an opening prayer and the singing of the national anthem. This was immediately followed by an opening speech from the president of Caretakers Initiative Cameroon, Patricia Ndikum during which she welcomed all the invitees and thank them for respecting our invitation. After her speech a replay of the activities for last year celebrations was done.


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Singing of the National Anthem by GHAC Students


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Prayers by Pastor Edmond


After the prayers and the singing of the national anthem we had the opportunity to reach out to the president International of the association for Living Values Education International through Zoom. It was difficult for him to deliver his speech due to the very poor network. However, he made effort to greet the audience. Wishing them a happy ‘WORLD VALUES DAY’.


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The Children greeting the President of ALIVE International by waving their Values flags


We continued with a presentation of a sketch by the children from the handicap centre titled “Je ne suis pas handicap”. During this sketch the lame and the dump and deaf children were not left out. They did their best to make their presence to be felt.


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A sketch presented by the Handicap children [je ne suis pas handicapper]


It was so interesting that in the sketch the dumb and deaf, the blind, the Lame and the normal children all acted together. They break barriers that we are always building around us when we come across people in their situation. We were able to see Interconnectedness, togetherness, love, understanding, simplicity, humility, cooperation, Freedom. We also observe these qualities in their teachers.

After the sketch the Handicap centre continue with a ballet dance. Even though some could not hear but they were able to dance accordingly. They had the strength, were able to cooperate, understand and made it a day with us at the cultural centre.


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The baleh dance


After the handicap centre, the GHAC students came up with a sketch on “peace” and the environment. During this act the students were able to bring out the different values which if all are expressed there will be peace, and the different elements of the environment which if well taken care of, there will be good health, avoidance of floats, landslide, littering, dirty gutters, potholes, dustbins etc. Some of the values they highlighted through the sketch were peace, love, care for the environment, the rivers and oceans, respect, Responsibility, simplicity, humility, Tolerance, Unity and Cooperation. They also reflected on natural elements and disaster such as water and floats, Hills and Landslides, bushes, trees, potholes and dustbins breeding mosquitoes etc. They related all these to the hazards happening around our different environment. In their conclusion they made us to understand that if all these climate change issues are taken into consideration, and are taken care of, we are going to live a peaceful life in safety and be free from diseases.


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A sketch on environmental values


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Presenting elements of the Environment


Bostel School came up with a baleh dance during which the children presented very wonderful skills. Some of the values we identify in their dance were cooperation, strength, happiness, freedom etc. The Bostel children also presented a sketch on environmental littering, during which they demonstrated how important it is for everyone to be responsible in keeping the environment clean. Showing how important it is for us to learn how to uphold our environmental values.


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The baleh dance from Bostel


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Bostel pupils acting a sketch on littering of the Environment


The Pupils of green hills academic complex came up with a typical traditional instrumental dance. The young men with their traditional instrument were able to play the instrumentals without offering a word, and the dancers were able to understand the music of the instruments and danced accordingly. We saw the young dancers excising alot of strength, understanding, cooperation, humility, simplicity etc. The dancers also came in with peace; the plant they carry signifies peace. It is called the peace plant. From their dressing you can see the way they have beautify themselves in the traditional way so as to be loved, expressing happiness, oneness and solidarity.


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They dance, passing on their message through the different styles


The pupils of green hills academic complex came up again to express how they live their values through different professions such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor , a journalist etc.


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AMASIA Bilingual Complex came up with a typical cultural Juju dance from the northwest region of Cameroon. From their attire one can tell the weight or how rich this culture can be, the seriousness of the group and how far they have gone into the culture. I remember I approached them when they were preparing to come in for the dance; they did not want me to come closer to their hiding or dressing room. This shows the secret and sacredness of this culture. From their dance steps and behaviour we can read the message and the values they were transmitting. On observing we were able to pick out the following values, Gentleness, togetherness, strength, humility, Responsibility, Respect, sincerity, Cooperation and happiness. These values are some of the cultural values that are practice in most areas of the northwest region of Cameroon.


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The JUJU dance done by AMASIA Students


We had some reactions from some of the invitees from the Ministries and other associations.


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They all appreciated the event and wish to participate next year. The handicap boy said they are so happy when they come out like this because they don’t always have such opportunity to go out or attend such events.

At the end of the celebration, some rainbow booklets and brochures were distributed to the various guests.


Impacts

This first activity that everybody was involved in was the match pass. All the invitees were excited to take part. Some of them designed their own tracks without our Knowledge. However, the values flags we designed were distributed to everyone, even those who brought their articles were anxious to discover their new values from the flags. They marched waving their values flags, making the public to know that something is happening. For the past years we always do this celebration inside the hall but this time around we went out and pull the attention of the public.


- It was so interesting that we overhead some of the teachers and leaders of associations planning how they will ameliorate their activities next year. - Some express their gratitude and how much they are learning more about values from the children’ activity. - The pupil alongside with the students were so happy to the point that some of them didn’t bother about the school opinion, they planned on their own how they are going to display next year. - A student from the handicap centre had to express his feelings, saying that the event was a great and wonderful experience for them, that while on stage they were able to show their talents to the whole world and that they don’t have such opportunity to go out and meet with others, so they say they are very happy.


Difficulties

Planning and organising such an activity needs time and funding on time to make it happen. Delay of fund did not help us even though we had to push the date ahead. Most of the invitees complained and some couldn’t respect the new date due to their own commitments.

Due to lack of funding we couldn’t realise the workshops we planned to carry out in the different regions. It was really bad that we were unable to secure funding even from our government and from other organisations in our country.


Way Forward

This celebration is gradually gaining grounds and it is creating impacts in schools and in our community. Building awareness in schools, in associations, in the public and the community as a whole through this celebration will go a long way to insert and maintain values in the future.

Workshops in schools, associations and groups in the community on values education continues as far as we can have some support for materials, snacks, sensitisation and transport fare for Educators.

The project is continuous, we are looking forward to realise the planned field trainings [TTE] in the centre, northwest, southwest and littoral regions of Cameroon if we can have some funding.

We are also looking towards the 2023 world values day preparation which starts now. That is we have to continue with activities in the field sensitising and organising workshops, building ideas about the next world values day ,expecting funding as early as possible, giving room for everyone and every association to prepare as well as they could, while planning so that we can all realise the project in a more better way.


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2022

WORKSHOP ON LVE WITH THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF THE FANJI WOMEN DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION (FAWODCA)


Location: Bafoussam, West Region of Cameroon

Dates: February 28th - 3rd March 2022

Purpose: To mark ‘International Womans Day’

Theme: Capacity development and Institutional strengthening of the bureau members of the Fanji Women Development and Cultural Association (FAWODCA) Cameroon


Introduction

The Senior Executive Bureau of FAWODCA, from the different regions of Cameroon assembled in Bafoussam to participate in this workshop. Bafanji is a clan in the North West Region in the heart of the war zone. Most of the natives have relocated and are living in different areas in Cameroon. The workshop was organized by Women for a Change Cameroon (WFAC).

Caretakers Initiative Cameroon (CARINC) was invited to offer a session on Values Education. The women were led through some values awareness exercises, during which they were able to identify their own values and that of their collaborators. They were also led to build a tree of values for their association. With much enthusiasm, they worked hard to come up with values they identify in FAWODCA as a whole. A lot of brainstorming was done with reactions from the leaders, from the different regions. Finally, the women came up with a beautiful tree, built with amazing values.

Following the design of the tree and the distribution of values according to strength, the bureau was able to see their association in a more transparent way. They planned to work hard to see into it that some of the values they cherish most and which they wish to uphold much stronger should become their core values.

The exercise of the Ubuntu tree came up during which they name it “FAWODCA” tree. As a promise, each member of the executive had to design a leaf with a value she will like to uphold or showcase as a gift in the association. Interestingly, they all came to the point where they promised to live these values such that, they will be identified as such.

The designing of this special gift for the association (FAWODCA) ended up taking the form of a post card. So excited, happy and determined from inside, each woman personally took upon herself to make her leaf to be the most attractive. This took them a lot of time. It was all fun. At same time, we had to allow them to take their time since they derived happiness from it.

The revealing of visible and invisible friends was the first and the last exercise throughout the entire workshop. The participants were asked to observe their visible friends throughout their stay in this “Hotel reserve area” provided by WFAC Cameroon. During this dormitory lifestyle, the participants had to observe each other very closely, checking attitudes/ behavior and sorting out the values they found on their friends. In fact, it was an ideal experience for these women. It seems they could even work the whole night without getting tired.


 

LVE WORKSHOP

Pre-Evaluation: Questionnaires were distributed to the participants to pre assess their knowledge on values. This was done before the start of the workshop. We realize it was not an easy exercise for some of them. But all the women made enough effort to fill the form.

Pre-Evaluation

Pre-Evaluation


VALUES AWARENESS

Visible and invisible friend: Participants were asked to write their names on a piece of paper and fold it well. The folded papers were put in a basket and was shuffled and passed round for each person to pick. The person whose name is picked by any of the participants is a visible friend to that person and the person who picked the friends name remain an invisible friend to that person. Throughout their stay during this workshop, each person had to take care of her visible friend. Checking on their attitude, behaviour and bringing out the values found in them. By the end of the three days, they have to reveal their visible friends and eventually the invisible friends will be exposed.

Pre-Evaluation

This was done at night, when participants just arrived


 

Value Cards: Some value cards were cut and shuffled in a basket and was passed round for participants to pick. After picking randomly, each person was asked to read out the values picked and its meaning. Amazingly, they all realized that the values were all referring to their attitude or behaviour. They were so happy that they were able to identify one of their values at this very beginning.

Participant sharing values with the group


 

Greetings: It was so interesting that before the workshop started, these women were already greeting each other in their native tongue. We just developed the lesson from there by asking them to greet each other in their dialect. Discussing the meaning of the massages passed through these greetings, we all realized that there are many values embodied in the act of greetings. This culture or way of salutation is common amongst us in Cameroon. They were all amazed on how humanity can be so interconnected or related through simple greetings. They praised God for his greatness. From this activity, we could see or bring out some values such as peace, respect, hospitality, solidarity, interconnectedness, oneness, care etc.

Greetings in their dialect


 

Quiet Time: The participants were asked to observe some quiet time, during which they were guided by the facilitator. Taking the best position they could and if possible close their eyes for better concentration. Their experiences after this activity were express. Such as calmness, relief, quiet inside, peaceful, etc. some even express solutions to some of their worries, others even slept off. We could see the need for peace from the inside. Some were really surprised with the results of such a seemingly simple activity.

 

Visiting Cards: Some designed cards were distributed to the women. In the middle some space was allocated for them to write their names. The space around their names was left for their friends to write the values they will identify in them. They were advised to visit about four or five different persons, introduce themselves and talk a bit about themselves while looking at each other directly on the face. After this activity they went into groups, they were asked to read out the values given them by their friends. Each person will be able to hear everybody else’s’ values and appreciate. They were also able to see the values their friends identified on them. It was an interesting exercise, creating friendliness, happiness, interconnectedness.

Visiting Cards exercise


 

Who do you admire most and why? They were asked to give the names of the person they admire most, what the person does in life and reason or what makes them admire him/her. Some values were able to be drawn from their reflection. The participants were able to see their interest and the values that pull them towards their model.

 

My favourite music They were asked to sing their favourite music. From each song together we were able to draw some value lessons. Due to time constraint, we asked just a few of them to sing. The whole group could not resist they had to stand and dance. Messages of love, peace, happiness, respect etc were passed.

Women singing and dancing


 

A moment you feel proud of yourself: This was explained to them as a moment they realize; they had some special qualities or values. They may have realized this through others or from friends or they feel it in them. Some of them feel they have to express this deep inner gift on the card they are designing, as you see them doing in the picture below.

 

My favourite music They were asked to sing their favourite music. From each song together we were able to draw some value lessons. Due to time constraint, we asked just a few of them to sing. The whole group could not resist they had to stand and dance. Messages of love, peace, happiness, respect etc were passed.

Participants designing values they are proud of


 

Personal or core values: They were told that most of the values discovered about them or those values identified in them from the beginning of the workshop right up to this point are considered as their core values.

Participants designing personal values for their association


 

Tree of Values for FAWODCA: A skeleton of a tree was drawn on a flipchart paper having some roots and some few branches, the roots representing the core values of the association which is the foundation. On the truck we have the supportive values which lead the association or help it move upright. The branches are the balance, values that balances the functioning of the association helping its stability. It was explained to them that the higher the values climb towards the apex of the tree, the lesser its hold on the tree, thus the weaker values of FAWODCA are found towards the apex of the tree. With this, they should be able to assess the situation of their group relative to the values they carry and the position of the values. They can develop the morals of the group by working on the tree, learn to make the weaker value alive, thus changing the altitude and the behaviour of the members of the association.

Values tree for FAWODCA


 

FAWODCA VALUES

Participants were given some yellow cards designed in leaf form, to write down the values they will like to give to FAWODCA for its smooth functioning. And that being one another’ keeper we are expecting to hear that each person will uphold the values she is putting up. With much excitement, they turn to make the leaves into a card with a lot of designs. Behold, it was difficult to bring them to other. They beautified their leaves in different ways as you can see below.

Working session


Seeing their seriousness one can tell how determined they were to build their association.


Final product of the working session


This activity brought us to the end of value lessons for this workshop. It was already night and we must stop. Very happy and excited with the lesson and values learn so far, they requested for a full blown workshop. On the last day at 8pm, the invisible friends were revealed. The excitement was too much. In the midst of everything they had to fill the post evaluation sheet.

 

Revealing Visible and Invisible Friends: Below we can see invisible friends hugging their visible friends. In this game each person is having two friends one visible and another invisible.

Ladies embracing her visible and her invisible friend


 

POST EVALUTION

At the end of the third day the participants were given a post evaluation questionnaire to fill. This assessment was very important, for they were able to see how much they have achieved. As the president expressed, that for her 34 years of service as a teacher she did not know that there were things she still need to learn.

Filling post evaluation sheet

 

Impact: The women were so impressed with the LVE workshop and promised to invite us for a full workshop with their different branch meetings. And this will depend on the funds if they could have one.

 

Way Forward: Look forward for continuous workshops!



2021 - Celebration of 2021 World Values Day in Cameroon

The World values day celebration took place in two parts. The first part was training on Living Values Education, which took place at ‘nouvelle route Omnisport’ Yaounde. During this workshop we worked with Educators and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The second part of the celebration took place at the Cameroon Cultural Centre (CCC) Yaounde. The event brought ALIVE representatives from around the world sending their wishes through video and Zoom. It was spiced with sketches, singing and dancing done by students /pupils from schools around Yaounde. This annual campaign was to increase the awareness and practice of Values around the world..

18th to 21st of October 2021 -  ‘nouvelle route Omnisport’ Yaounde

THE WORKSHOP

Training of Educators and Leaders of Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] on Living Values Education.

Our objective was to enable the participants to have a good mastering of Values Education such that they will be able to educate others and groups in their community.

On the 18th of October we started with the workshop which took us through to the 20th of October. Prayers were said, followed by a brief introduction of ALIVE international, and Caretakers Initiative Cameroon-CARINC. This was followed by the introduction of the participants. Patricia continued to inform the participants about the nature of the workshop. She said, it’s all participatory, involving Reflections, Imagination, visualisation, creativity, discussions etc.

Thacha workshop group 

VALUES AWARENESS

Visiting Cards: A4 papers were distributed to the participants, to write their names in the middle. They were instructed to move towards their friends, talk about themselves, for some few minutes looking at each other on the face. They exchanged papers and wrote the values they found on their friends. This exercise was carried out with about three or four other persons. It was done in silence for we did not have any music for the background. At the end of the exercise they were asked to look at the values given to them by their friends. They were surprised at the values others identified on them.

 

Thacha workshop group

Quiet Time: The participants were introduced into a quiet moment, during which they had to follow some instructions from the facilitator. For better concentration they were asked to close their eyes. They were guided with the following points. They were asked to imagine they were in a quiet place of their choice, where is this place, what were they doing, feeling etc. what did they draw as a lesson, the impression and feeling at the end of the exercise. Impressed on how it went and the peace they experience plus the need for a quiet moment for everyone.

 

Cameroon quiet time exercise

What do people say about you? This question required honesty from the participants. We made them to understand that it is all about them. Need not tell lies because it is all about you and it helps build the values of each and every one present. From their answers we were able to bring out the values seen in them by others

Who do you admire most and why? Here the participants were asked to give the name of the person, what he/she does in life, how he/she behaves and what does the person do in life that makes you admire him and want to be like him. They gave their different responses from which some values were drawn.

 

Cameroon admire exercise

My favourite music: The participants were asked to sing their favourite music one after another, after each song together we brought out the values in them. This makes the participants see meaning in each song they sang and how much it reflects life. They were so impressed about it again as it was accompanied with dancing. After these reflexive exercises, one could see the brightness in their faces. We were able to see them talking and referring to values learnt.

 

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A moment in your life when you feel proud of yourself: The participants were asked to reflect on a moment they feel they have achieve something that makes them very happy. They were told it shouldn’t be success in exams, job etc. but a value they recognised in them and have applied it, and feels happy about that.

PERSONAL OR CORE VALUES

Some of the values they noted through the above reflections about themselves from the beginning of the workshop to this point are considered as their core or personal values. These values guide their thoughts, attitudes and actions.

TREE OF VALUES

 

On a flip chart paper, a skeleton of a tree was drawn, having some roots, few branches with some leaves. After explaining to them what the different parts represent, we went ahead to let them take the tree to represent their community, school or country. It was so interesting that after the above reflections they did not find it difficult to build the tree of values of their community or school. Together we built a tree of values for Cameroon. They were able to direct us on the values they identify as values for Cameroon.

 

Cameroon tree of values exercise

PAPER TOWER

In groups of four, the participants were given 10 sheets of A4 papers to construct a building using sellotape, stapler and gum. The participants were told that their buildings will be judged on the height, the stability, design, team work, beauty etc. This activity was very challenging for each group, they fought to produce the best and to make it look attractive. Some participants prefer to build a paper house. Here they will need to explain the type of house relative to the geographical position or the location and the climate at that time. At the end we appreciated all of them for their creativity. They express their feelings, experience and lesson learnt from this activity. Some of the values identified through this exercise are Solidarity, Sharing, Patience, Tolerance, Cooperation, Teamwork etc.

 

Cameroon paper tower exercise

VALUES CARD (POSTERS, POEMS, SKITS, SONG)

Participants were asked to be very creative; A4 papers were distributed to them. They had to reflect on a particular value of their choice after which they had to draw or make a poster, write a poem or compose a song reflecting the value or showing their understanding of that value. After this exercise they were asked to stand and explain their artistic work to the group.

 

Cameroon value cards exercise

CREATING A VALUE BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

My Dream School: The participants drew the school of their dream. They present the structure, the beauty, the dressing of the students, the type of teachers they will recruit etc. it was interesting because we had proprietors of schools, teachers, IDPs and Students. It was not an easy exercise for them. They had to go home and continue.

The need of a child: After brainstorming with the participants the following needs were given, they said, a child needs to be loved, understood, pay attention to, feel protected, be guided etc. The teachers gave examples on how they manage children in class.

Qualities of an Educator: Reflecting on their needs and right as an educator they came up with these qualities, to be attentive, caring, a model, objective, observant etc

PEACE TALK

The facilitator started by asking participants the values we need to uphold in order for peace to prevail. They said love, Tolerance, Forgiveness, Gentleness, Humility, Respect, understanding etc. This brought them to the question ‘what is peace’? He said, there are times we are unpeaceful even when there is no war. Peace is beyond the absence of war. He says we are having war because of misunderstanding and selfishness. He went ahead to say we are talking about peace because peace is needed everywhere. Without peace we are going to be at war with ourselves or with one another. Without peace we are going to destroy ourselves. He says peace consist of pure thoughts, pure feelings, and pure wishes. We cannot be at peace if we are not sincere and do not respect ourselves and others. He finally defines peace as an inner feeling filled with the sense of truth. He advised participants to learn how to be peaceful inorder to stay healthy and live longer.

IMPACT

Participants were cooperative and as the workshop unfolded a positive brighter and relax atmosphere got installed. This could be seen as they expressed a lot of gratitude for the reason of having become aware of their own values which defines the humanity. This could be read from the faces, the expression of desire or determination to change attitude concerning certain stands. They said this was just the beginning

WAY FORWARD

We are continuing with more workshops and a yearly celebration of world values day.


18th to 21st of October 2021 - Cameroon Cultural Centre Yaounde

On the 21st of October 2021 Association of Living Values Education Cameroon carried out this Event at the Cameroon Cultural Centre Yaounde. During this activity we had representatives from the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family and from the Ministry of Culture. We were honoured to have the president of ALIVE International through Zoom, who ended the Celebration with a note of appreciation and WORLD VALUES DAY wishes to Cameroon and the world at large.You can watch the video here

Cameroon values day group

The Event was carried out in the presence of:

  • The Representative of the Minister of Arts and Culture
  • The Representative of the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family
  • The Representative of Economy of Communion Cameroon
  • The Representative of ALIVE Cameroon
  • The members of Caretakers Initiative Cameroon.
  • Some ALIVE Representatives around the world (video)
  • The President, Association for Living Values Education (ALIVE) International (Chris Drake) ZOOM
  • Co-Founder of ALIVE and Writer of Living Values Education series of books (Diane Tillman) video
  • Some Primary, Secondary and High schools around Yaounde.
  • Journalists (CRTV, EQUINOX TV).

The ceremony began with a prayer, followed by the execution of the national anthems of CAMEROON, NIGERIA, BURUNDI (audio) and SIERRA LEONE (video). After that, we listened to the speech of the representative of ALIVE in Cameroon: Mme PATRICIA NDIKUM, she started with a word of welcome and expressed the need of values by all. She also let the audience know that living values education Cameroon is present and is ready to work with them at all times. She said it is our duty to uphold our values. She ended by extending her greetings to living values representative around the world.Cameroon Patricia Ndikum 2021Cameroon student audienceCameroon student audience

 

 

 

The president of ALIVE International through a video presentation started the tour of the world with values. In his opening speech he extends greetings to ALIVE associates and focal points around the world. He said reflecting back in our communities we can see the need for a change. And looking into our lives and around us we are going to see that there is a room for that change if we can let it be. Equally he said there is a possibility for Improvement, if we can live our values. In the same vein, we watched the highlights of some specific values of ALIVE representatives from twelve countries namely; Singapore, Sierra Leone, USA, Hong-Kong/UK, Hungary, Greece, Thailand, Georgia,Vietnam, Kuwait, Switzerland by video. You can watch the video hereAfter this stage, we took a coffee break during which the guests took the opportunity to visit the ALIVE documentation stand.

 

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Green Hills High School Students

After the visit of the stand, we had the intervention of the representative of the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family. She expressed her joy of seeing children participating in an event like this one. Seeing them expressing values through sketches, dancing, singing and was moved when she saw the children presenting values such as peace, love respect, responsibility, cooperation, tolerance, honesty etc. She spoke to the children in a motherly way telling them that they are the future, the leaders of tomorrow and with such a spirit rest assured the future will be bright. She said the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Family is there to move with them each time they have such a wonderful event.

 

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Representative of the minister of Women’s Empowerment and Family

 

After her speech we had the Representative of the Minister of Arts and Culture. He started by appreciating the teachers and the students for upholding values and for showing up for such an event He said  values are also a part of culture and that the doors of the ministry and that of the cultural centre are open for us each time we want to come up with such a wonderful activity. He thank Patricia Ndikum for inviting the Ministry of ARTS and Culture to this very important event because Values are also a part of their activity, this event also involves the Ministry.

 

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Representative of the Minister of Arts and Culture

We listened by ZOOM to the speech of the President of ALIVE International Chris Drake. He shared very warm greetings with everyone in the hall, with lots of smiles and joy. Excited to see him we also could not hide the joy of welcoming him in our midst in a very cheerful way as you can see in the video presentation and from the pictures below. He said he was very happy to join us and congratulates everyone present for making it happen on this great day. He went ahead with his message for the day. He said Values Informs us about who we are as individuals and as a community; we need not only talk but live them in every action. He said values change our attitude and eventually that of the world. It gives us the skills to make choices as a community. He said our values help us to make better choices to guide our ways. And that nothing is easy but we have to keep making effort to avoid bad friends. He went ahead to say, we should take a little time every day to think about that. ‘Take quiet time out for yourself and reflect on your life’

 

He brought down his speech and spoke in a fatherly way such that each person including the smallest child learned something from him. The children were so happy and excited to hear more from the president and even wished he continues to talk to them. He appreciated the efforts provided by ALIVE Cameroon and promised to visit one day.

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The children expressing their joy with greetings as the ALIVE President intervene through ZOOM

After the speech of the International President, we listened to the closing message from ALIVE Representative for Cameroon, Patricia Ndikum who encouraged participants to uphold their values and promise them that living values education Cameroon is ready to carry out workshops on values education with them and also have books on values education for all age groups.

Cameroon event organsiersALIVE Representative for Cameroon Patricia Ndikum

ALIVE Representative for Cameroon, Patricia Ndikum

During this event we were privileged to work with fifteen (15) countries in the world including Cameroon, Burundi and Nigeria, coming from five continents in the world. The celebration of the International Day of Values was closed by interviews from journalist and souvenir photos.

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Chantal offering prayers at the end of the event

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The choir and some pupils from GHAC

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Bostel pupils spicing the event and are receiving a support from Florence

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The occasion was at its heat with dancing. More support and dancing from Hilda

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Green Hills Students continues with animation making the event interesting

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The occasion was at its heat with dancing. More support and dancing from Hilda

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Cameroon event organsiers

Organisers of the event

IMPACT

The event was so interesting. Nobody regrets taking part. We can get it from reactions from the schools, the ministries and other organisations, that we should involve them and inform them on time. Some of those who did not take part regret and asked us to inform them this year


WAY FORWARD

We look forward to continue with this event every year. In order to overcome the challenges of last year we wish to start preparations for 2022 World Values Day [WVD] as early as possible. We are going to involve more organisations, Schools and the Ministries. We look forward to your support for this year so we can ameliorate the event.

 

26th - 28th August 2021
Workshop on Living Values Education with Leaders of the Albino Association and People Living with Disabilities
 

The workshop started with an introduction of Caretakers Initiative Cameroon CARINC and the Association for Living Values Education ALIVE International. They were made to understand that CARINC is an associate of ALIVE International. This was followed by the introduction of the participants and the different associations present. From the booklet distributed to them, they were able to read more about ALIVE.

 

Cameroon disability workshop group

 

~ DAY 1 ~

Values awareness

Quiet time: During this activity the participants were led to observe some quiet moments during which they were guided by the facilitator. After about 5 minutes, they were asked to give their experiences. Some said they felt relaxed, others felt quietness inside and one said she was disturbed and was distracted. We had a discussion on this and we realized that she had some personal problems which did not permit her to concentrate. Generally, they enjoyed it and some good lessons were drawn; for example, the need for quietness and withdrawing to a quiet place for reflection.

 

Cameroon disability quiet time workshop

Discussion after quiet time

Visiting Cards: The participants were given A4 papers on which they were asked to write their names in the middle and leave space for more words. They were asked to meet 3 or 4 of their friends talk about themselves briefly while looking at each other on the face. After each visit, they will exchange the cards and write out the values they found on each other. After the exercise, they were surprised to see the values given to them by their friends.

 

Cameroon disability workshop group

Cameroon disability workshop group

 

Participants getting to know each other

After the visiting cards, they were introduced to other reflections.

1) Who do you admire most?

The participants had to give the name of the person, what he/she does in life, and reason why they admire the person. Each person was given an opportunity to say something. After each presentation together with all the participants we identified the values learnt.

2) What do people say about you?

Here, the participants were asked to be honest. Again each person was given an opportunity to say something. More explanations were given to them about what was expected from them.

3) What is your favorite music?

Participants were asked to sing their favorite songs after which the whole group had to bring out the values found in the music.

 

4) A moment you feel proud of yourself

They were made to understand that each person has a quality that makes him feels happy and proud that he possess these values. They were given some time to reflect and bring out these values. They also had to explain how they felt about it.

 

Cameroon disability workshop values

Cameroon disability workshop values

My Core or Personal values

It was explained to them that most of the values they have learnt about themselves from the beginning of the workshop up to this point are their core or personal values.

They were happy to discover how important they are through the values they possess and that they too can contribute to the development of the community and the state.

 

Cameroon personal values workshop

~ DAY 2 ~

What are values? Participants were allowed to brainstorm on this point and came up with their own definitions. The facilitator finalized by giving the definition below; Values are the principles and beliefs that influence the behavior of individuals and way of life of a group of people or a community.

What is living value education? Living Values Education provides principles and tools for development of the whole person recognizing that the individual is comprised of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual dimension.

Tree of Values for Cameroon: On a flip chart paper pinned on the board, a large bare tree was drawn having some few roots and some few branches. The roots represented the anchor, the truck represented support and the branches represented balance. Participants were asked to identify the values representing the foundation of their country this values will be on the roots, on the truck; those values that help keep the country going despite the challenges and on the branches we have values that balances up the situation when the tides are high. The strength of the value reduces as it goes higher towards the top of the tree.

 

Cameroon tree of values

UBANTU TREE

Some leaves were shaped out of coloured A4 papers using a pair of scissors. On these leaves, participants were asked to write a value they would like to give the world. Each person wrote his and pinned on branches of the bare tree drawn on a flipchart paper. We could see the beauty and colorful tree. We all looked at it and imagine how beautiful the world can be if everybody can just uphold his or her values. We all share our values for the common good of all.

 

Cameroon Ubuntu tree

 

Tree of my life

A large bare tree was drawn on a flip-chart paper, with some few branches and roots. The roots representing the foundation, the trunk, the support and the branches represents the different projects of our life. It was explained to participants that the tree was used as a symbol because of its uniqueness, beauty and its dignity.

Considering the role played by each part of the tree relating to our personal values and our personal life, becoming aware of the important role that our values play in determining the quality of our relationship and our achievements in life. Guided by the facilitator, the participants were led into the discovery of their personal life. The participants were asked to draw a bare tree on an A4 paper with some few branches and roots.

Considering the role played by leaves in providing oxygen, food, shelter, medicine, shade, perfume etc. Looking at some of the things leaves do and give. They were asked to think about a quality or values they will like to give to others, on the leaves this value should be included.

Considering the roots that grow into the soil, it penetrates the soil providing the tree a solid foundation. The participant were asked to write the value which acts as a strong hold for them that permits them to grow and develop, this should be indicated at the roots.

The truck supports and lifts the whole tree towards the sky. Here they were asked to write the values that support them and give them strength. The flowers are unique and attractive, on the flowers they were asked to write that value which makes them special or unique. For the tree to grow it needs sunlight and rain, which values represents the rain and the sunlight of their life. There are some creatures around the tree that destroys it. That is eating the leaves, the roots etc. which bad habits or environmental issues that are like obstacle to your development or progress. We also have insecticides and other things we can use to eliminate the insects or the enemy. They were asked to write down the values they will use to overcome these difficulties.

We made them to know that the life of the tree and its surrounding was described and explained how it is related to our life and the value we possess. After the exercise participants were asked to look at their tree of life and how values can determine who they are. The participants did some exhibition of their tree and some discussions were raised about each tree, it helped some of them to understand more about what they have learnt. At the end they were given assignment to go and draw a tree of life for their families.

 

Cameroon tree of life

Cameroon tree of life pic

 

Puppets and Puppeteer

The participants were asked to stand and make two rolls, facing each other. One roll was the puppets and the other was the puppeteer. The puppets were asked to use an imaginary string to control the puppeteer after this first part of the exercise the role was changed. The puppeteer had to take the lead, to control the puppets using the same imaginary string. After the activity the participants were asked to give the experience they had as a puppet and as puppeteer. They said, they could see leadership, obedience, tolerance, respect, responsibility, cooperation.

 

Cameroon Puppets and Puppeteer

Cameroon Puppets and Puppeteer

Cameroon Puppets and Puppeteer

Puppets and Puppeteer

 

Paper tower

Participants were divided into groups, ten sheets of A4 papers was given to each group. Staplers, sellotape, scissors were available for them to use. Instead of a tower, they decided to build a house. The stability and the beauty of the house should be taken into consideration because we are going to give their marks based on these criteria. After this activity, they all presented their work and the whole group gave their opinion about the work of each group. Marks were given accordingly. Value cards were given as a gift for the work well done. Some values and value lessons were brought out from this exercise by the participants.

 

Cameroon Paper towers

Cameroon Paper towers

 

Active listening

Participants were arranged to sit in two rows, facing each other. Each row was given a name; one a diamond and the other a star. Topics were given to each group to talk about on the first round and a secret message was passed at a time behind each group for the opposite side to see and follow the instruction.

After some minutes of discussion, the topic was changed and another secret message was passed by the facilitator behind each group for the opposite partners to see.

In the final step both team were given common or interesting topics, during which they had to talk for a longer time. With secret messages given as listen and discuss with some respect.

After this exercise we had a general discussion with all the participants. They express how they felt when they were ignored, interrupted, criticized, given too much advice and when they were listened to with respect.

A general discussion was brought up on how our bahaviour or attitude could influence the character of others. We finally came up with a list of Do’s and Don’ts. 

 

Cameroon active listening

 

 

Cameroon active listening

 

 

Value cards, posters

Participants were asked to reflect on a value or values they admired most, explain their understanding of that value through drawing a poster, write a poem or design a card etc.

 

 

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DIFFICULTIES

We face some difficulties in carrying out ‘active listening’ with the Albinos. They were not able to read the secret messages from a distance. We had to bring the papers very close to their face. So we need another strategy to carry out this particular activity with them. However they enjoyed it at the end.

IMPACT

All the participants enjoyed the workshop and some of them have joined us in working on values education.

WAY FORWARD

Continuous workshops on Living Values Education.

 

2020

We held LVE workshop in Yaounde on the 9th and10th of September, in Bamenda on the 22nd, 23rd and 25th of September 2020, in Douala on the 24th and 27th of December and in Kumba on the 30th of December 2020. 

Altogether we had 8 workshops with IDPs in the year 2020. Generally, we worked with 129 IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in 2020.

Damas - 20 participants

Douala - 29 participants

Carrier - 15 participants

Kumba - 20 participants

Mbelem - 30 participants

Bayale - 15 participants

 

Workshop on Living Values Education with IDPs in the littoral and southwest regions of Cameroon - December 2020.

The workshops took place at Bonabome-Bonaberi Douala and in Thacha quarter Kumba respectively on the 24th, 27th and 30th of December 2020.

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Thacha community Workshop - Venue and participants during break, and afterwards

Thacha workshop group

Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - Participants

  

Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - Imagining and refelcting during quiet time

  

Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - Visiting Cards - Identifying Values in each other

Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - Presenting 'Who they admire most and why'

  
Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - 'What do people say about you?'
This was a very difficult question for the IDPs to answer - they needed some reflections and honesty before they could react.
  
 
Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - My Favourite Music
This activity was so interesting because they had to dance as they sang their favourite music. Good enough; for the lesson learnt after the singing made them happy.
 
Bonabome Bonaberi - Douala community Workshop - Tree of Values
From the exercises on values awareness, the IDPs did not find it difficult to identify the values of their community despite of the fact that some of them are illiterates.

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Workshop on Living Values Education with IDPs in the centre and northwest regions of Cameroon - 22nd & 23rd September 2020.

The workshops took place in the Catholic University Chaplaincy Centre (CUCC) Mbelem, Bamenda.

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Mbelem Workshop - Venue and participants

  

Mbelem community Workshop - Visiting Cards - Value awareness

They were given the opportunity to express their feelings and experience gathered during the exercise. Participants then exchanged ideas.

 

Mbelem community Workshop - Quiet Time

Participants sharing their experience. They observed some Inner peace, joy, felt relaxed and some even had a short nap.

   

Mbelem community Workshop - Tree of Values

Patricia designing the Tree of Values for Mbelem together with the participants. They then discussed in groups after drawing their personal Tree of Values.

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Workshop on Living Values Education with IDPs in Baylee Bamenda - 25th September 2020.

This workshops was introduced by Ndukong Mercy.

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Baylee Bamenda community Workshop - Some creative exercises leading to the discovery of values.

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Workshop on Living Values Education with IDPs in Damas Yaounde - 9th September 2020.

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Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Value Cards exercise and Quiet Time

Peace Talks Peace Talks

Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Peace Talks with Eugene

‘What would the world be without war, conflicts and problems, how would it look like?" Replies such as peace, Joy, Happiness, love etc, the entire world will be a better place. Uphold the value peace, ignore to avoid conflict and war. He advised the participants to live and respect their values and that of others and this will make them happy.

Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Uphold Values to avoid conflict

Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Visiting Cards - Participants exchange ideas and get to know each other.

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Workshop on Living Values Education with IDPs in Carrier Yaounde - 10th September 2020.

 Cameroon Value Cards

Carrier Yaounde community Workshop - Value Cards - Participants were abe to identify their values and stick to them.

Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Quiet time

 Cameroon Peace Talks

Carrier Yaounde community Workshop - Peace Talks - Edmund giving a talk on Peace.

Damas Yaounde community Workshop - Particpants sharing love and joy during and after the workshop.

 

 

2019

Training of Educators and Youth Leaders - Basilica Yaounde, Cameroon; 6 – 9 August 2019

Patricia Ndikum of Caretakers Initiative, the ALIVE Associate in Cameroon, had informed ALIVE of some of the tremendous challenges facing people in her country and that she in particular has been encountering in trying to spread a message of values amongst youth. ALIVE was able to provide some support and after a prolonged process of planning the long-awaited workshop took place in August as Patricia reported as follows.

Our mission for the seminar was to reach out to youth and educate them on the importance of values as a way to guide their actions, judgments and attitude. Our aim was to help them become conscious of the values they possess and to discover the need for and importance of values in decision-making, living together and upholding standards. To realize this we have to train teachers and youth leaders on values-based education. Participants were informed that the methodology we would use – and that they could use in their work – would be Reflections, Visualizations, Discussions, Quiet Moments and Creative Activities. One activity we carried out was The Tree of Values; a large bare tree with about 4 to 5 branches and a few roots was drawn on flip chart paper. The roots represent the foundation or core values, the trunk represents the support and the branches are our activities in life. Participants were divided into groups and invited to draw a tree of their life and share it with others in the group. After this first exercise, participants were asked to draw a value tree for their school and then brainstorm on the values of Cameroon. Tellingly, participants refused to contribute, saying we don’t have values in Cameroon. After much effort, finally we came out with something.

Tree of Values  
Tree of Values

It was a similar slow journey in other activities but the knowledge and application of values by participants improved gradually as we progressed with the training. From the pre evaluation phase we knew that participants were not able to identify values by themselves. However, as the training continued we saw progress and they became able to appreciate values through creative activities. The spirit of interaction amongst participants increased as the workshop progressed. I saw how a family of values workers began to develop and grow by itself, with members starting to become one another’s keeper.

Some teachers confess they went into teaching not because of any passion for the profession but because of diverse reasons such as ‘to earn a living’, ‘fend for the family’, ‘fight for the future’, ‘I receive knowledge more than I give’, ‘just because I love the school’, ‘to build a working spirit and establish myself,’ or ‘I have no choice’. However some showed how much they love teaching, saying, ‘teaching adds more value to my life’, ‘I love children’, ‘it helps me grow’, ‘I feel satisfied bringing up children’. We also had participants who were negative about themselves, society and the country as a whole. When the topic of the government supporting teachers was brought up, the workshop nearly came to an end; teachers complained bitterly about the way they are poorly treated and about the poor salary they receive. But they also shared the problems they face with students and how they solve them. By the end of the workshop participants were able to ameliorate the way they were thinking and solving conflicts in class amongst students. They were also able to relate to qualities of a good teacher such as punctuality, discipline, resourcefulness, having a good character, being soft hearted, hardworking, a good listener, creative, knowledgeable, neat and honest.

In the same way during the evaluation they brought up a series of needs of a child. Generally they came to understand that we are all bound to live together as humans, despite our differences. The impact of the training was very significant in that by the end most of the participants were interested in working on values education, some saying they see themselves as having a new beginning, others saying they felt so satisfied. Other comments included: ‘I feel increased in values’, ‘now I know how to treat other people, ‘I have learned a lot of things’, ‘I have learnt to be creative, hardworking, patient, have a focus, tolerate others and have a sense of belonging and determination’. We also observed the changes in behaviour and a spirit of oneness and belonging that was shared by the participants. They created a WhatsApp group on the spot and are ready to take part in our activities.’

 

Three-year Plan for Teacher Training Workshops Launched!

“Here in Cameroon we have a vision of bringing youth together harmoniously so they live and participate in the community in a responsible way. Our opportunity is to reach out to the young population, training and sensitising them on the importance of values which will guide their actions, judgements and attitudes. Through doing this we can help the youth become conscious of the values they possess and appreciate their environment. We were delighted to receive some financial support to help make this vision a reality and the first phase of our three-year plan for teacher training workshops is up and running. Further offers of support would be warmly welcome!”

 

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By Patricia Ndikum Awah of Caretakers Initiative, the ALIVE Associate in Cameroon

A Intercultural show in February and the Day of the African Child in June

 

A traditional dance group, during an intercultural show last February at the Cameroon cultural centre, Yaounde A traditional dance group, during an intercultural show last February at the Cameroon cultural centre, Yaounde A traditional dance group, during an intercultural show last February at the Cameroon cultural centre, Yaounde Students demonstrate their understanding and development of values through sketches, drawing and painting, singing etc Celebrating the day of the African child with the children of Baba Simon orphanage, Simbock Celebrating the day of the African child with the children of Baba Simon orphanage, Simbock Celebrating the day of the African child with the children of Baba Simon orphanage, Simbock We had games A talk about the day of the African child and values education. We also sang and danced with them, shared some snacks, clothes, shoes and some basic needs These are children of Green hills Academy complex - caretakers initiative works in partnership with them. We offer values lessons to the pupils and students from the nursery to the high school These are children of Green hills Academy complex - caretakers initiative works in partnership with them. We offer values lessons to the pupils and students from the nursery to the high school Sensitization on values based education with St. Stephen International College

 


2018

Hello Kids, Values Balloons and Ubuntu Trees

Patricia Ndikum, the President of Caretakers Initiative Cameroon and an ALIVE Director, recently shared photos of some of the activities in Cameroon. One activity is “Hello Kids”, a children’s program organized during the summer holiday. In 2017, they worked with children from St. Theresa’s Orphanage Obili and different areas in Yaoundé. Activities carried out included Living Values Education, arts and craft, gender and violence, and health and the environment.



 

The following pictures are from an LVE Workshop at Green Hills Academy Complex. In addition to LVE sessions, they did Ubuntu activities, including making an Ubuntu Tree, and enjoyed values balloons. In the latter activity, participants stood in a circle with a balloon in hand. They were asked to reflect on one or two values they would like to give somebody. They then blew up their balloons and wrote their values on them. To music, they tossed their balloons to the air with the aim to keep them all in the air. When the music stopped, everyone caught the balloon nearest him or her. The facilitator explained that the values balloon was a gift from somebody special to you.



 

The teachers also made a family tree of the values of their school. Patricia wrote, “The tree was used as a symbol to represent our lives because of its uniqueness, dignity and beauty. The facilitator used qualities to describe how we as humans are unique. He said we are also very important and need to be respected, because we all possess special qualities which are innate and we all are beautiful, having God’s image. Participants were left with this idea to think of how a tree represents their life. Madame Ngum Janet was asked to draw a tree on a large cardboard paper pasted on a board. We agreed that the educators of Green Hills Academy could create a tree of life for Green Hills.

The function of each part of the tree was taken into consideration. Roots are like an anchor. Which value is the foundation of Green Hills? Which gives it strength for growth and development? The trunk is the support. Which values support Green Hills and gives us the strength to sustain its functioning? The branches spread out in different directions; they represent the important areas of the institution, that is, teacher welfare, pupil performance, administrative work, projects, etc. For the leaves, participants were asked to think of all the things that leaves give – oxygen, food, shelter, shade etc. Participants were asked to think about the values and qualities Green Hills gives to others, the community and nation. These values were then written on the leaves. And flowers? Flowers are unique and attractive, they are the special values of the institution. Fruits represent our achievements and successes; the values which enable the school to do well in its projects.



 

A tree is nourished with sunlight and rain. What is the sunlight of the school? Teachers wrote the values which represent the sunlight and rain of their school. Are there any insects of negative attitudes, such as gossip or laziness? What value could change the negative into a positive? Their replies: listening, hard work and enthusiasm.

After the group tree was completed, individuals were asked to draw their personal tree of life. When this was done, they split into groups and shared their trees. Students later made trees to appreciate their personal values and explore how various parts of our lives are interconnected and how habits influence our lives, relationships and achievements.”

2017 - 19th to 27th June

Hello Kids Program at St. Theresa's Orphanage Obili, Yaounde

Workshop on Values Based Education with Children

Living Values Education (LVE) is coordinated by the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE), a non-profit-making association of values educators around the world.  LVE is supported by UNESCO and a variety of other organisations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals.  It is part of the global movement for a culture of peace in the framework of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. ALIVE is an independent organisation that does not have any particular or exclusive religious, political or national affiliation or interest.

Day One Introduction

Hello Kids is a children’s holiday program organize every summer holidays by Caretakers Initiative Cameroon. This year we worked with children from St Theresa’s Orphanage Obili, and some from different areas in Yaoundé. Activities carried out includes, living values education, arts and craft, gender and violence, Health and Environment.

On this first day we started at 1pm with prayers. A welcome speech and greetings were given by the children. A brief introduction was given about caretakers Initiative and Association for Living values Education. We started by asking questions such as. Who is the person you admire most, what does he or she do in life, what is it in him or her that you admire etc.

The children reacted, each person giving his or her model and their reason for taking that person as a model. From their answers, we were able to pull them into the lesson gradually, making them understand and identify values in others. Interestingly in such a close setting, most of the children were like referring to particular individuals as their role model. From the points they raised we were able to make them understand and see the qualities all these persons presented or posses.

We went ahead asking questions referring to the children themselves. This was to enable us see if these children were able to identify the qualities in their friends and to know how far they understood values.

Questions such as, who is the most generous amongst you? What does he or she do that makes you feel he is generous? We continued with who is the most respectful, most caring,  most responsible etc. from their answers we were able to explain to them what living values is all about.

Greetings

In this orphanage it was difficult to bring out cultural pattern of greetings from the children, most of them do not even know where they come from. We adopted some of the gestures they presented and help them do it better.

According to our custom when visiting children we always go along with some gifts or presents. Some foodstuffs were offered to the orphanage as a support to keep going.

Visible and Invisible Friends

This exercise was carried out by the older children. Pieces of papers were given to them, to write their names and put in a container. It was shuffled and given back to them to pick. The person whose name is picked becomes the visible friend to the one who picked and the person who picked is the invisible friend to the bearer of the name. The invisible friends were revealed by the end of the program

Day Two

After prayers were said by one of the pupils, we had a revision of day one activities for about 10 minutes.

Reflections

Some quiet moment was observe during which we asked the children to reflect on a special moment of their life .They were guided by the facilitator. Questions such as, which is the moment, the place, what were they doing etc. were ask. After the exercise the children were asked to give their experiences.  Some reacted by saying their special moment is when they are reading, others say when in church, some when eating rice and chicken, when playing football, when studying in class etc. they elaborated on the points they gave. The children were asked to put what they were doing during this special moment in drawings. They were also asked to work in groups for those who were not able to work alone. 

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Children observing some quiet time. Children working in groups

This young man says during his quiet time he found himself playing football, so he is trying to draw himself and his friends in a football field Trying to color the field green.

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Facilitator study children’s drawings with them

My Favourite Music

The children were called up to sing and dance their favorite music. They were also asked to give reasons why they loved that particular music. From their reasons we were able to pull out some values, which we used to develop their lessons.

A group dance was organized, during which everybody had the opportunity to danse; even the smallest in the house had to show her style. This warm up was very important for the children, relative to the very cold weather we had on this day.

Sketches and Singing

The children were organized to present sketches in front of their friends, after which the whole class was asked to explain the message transmitted and the value lesson learned.

Interestingly, the children love singing, many songs carrying value lessons such as:

I have love, peace, joy like a river (3x) in my soul 

I have love, peace, joy like a river (3x) in my soul.

They ended the day with prayers.

Day Three

As usual the children started with prayers and revising day 2 lesson .This was followed by singing and dancing to warm up.

 

Ubuntu Values

A large tree was drawn on a flip chart paper pinned on a board .The children were asked to reflect on a value they would like to give the orphanage considering the orphanage to be their world.

 

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My gift to St Theresa’s orphanage

 

Colored A4 papers were cut in leaf form. The paper leaves were distributed to the children. Each child wrote his or her gift in bold letters. They were asked to write their names beside the value. The reason was to make the activity more involving and interesting. The leaves were pasted on the branches of the tree, the tree looked beautiful. The children admired it and even those who were not part of the class wanted to give their own values. We ended the day with the children singing and saying their prayers.

Day Four

Value cards and posters

After singing and praying, we continue with day 3 activities From the Ubuntu tree the children were asked to pick a value or take the value they gave to their orphanage and create a card or a poster, a poem etc. to demonstrate their understanding of the value they gave as a gift. This exercise was very interesting for even those who did not put a value on the tree, reflected on a value and designed their own cards.

It was difficult to stop the children, for it was as if it was a competition, everybody was so involve and wanted to give the best drawing. Those who used water colour went as far as drying their paper on the charcoal fire, in order to catch up with time and others, because they wanted to double their colour on wet paper, their paper got burst and they had to meet up with another paper.

 

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The children express their understanding of the values through the above drawings

 

Tree of My Life

A large bare tree with roots, trunk, branches, was drawn on a flipchart paper pined on the board. Some leaves, sunlight, rain, insect and insecticide were added. The different parts of the tree were described according to how it is applied relative to values. We have

-The root=anchor/foundation

-Trunk=for support

-Branches= for balance

-Leave=Gift to the world

-Sun and rain=Provide energy

Insects – bad habits

-Insecticide=Value we can use to destroy the insect (bad habit)

After describing the function of the different parts of the tree and its environment and helping the children to see how the values are applied in each stage, to save time, instead of working on the tree of my life, we went straight to the family tree.

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St Theresa’s Orphanage family tree

Arts Craft Workshop

During this holiday under arts and craft we also gave lessons on, types of colours, color mixing, paper shapes etc. We did the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. And their differences.

We used papers to form shapes such as canoe, envelopes etc. We taught the children to create articles out of beads. Such as chain, earring, hair bow etc. In this activity we worked in collaboration with OMAN design/ OMAN design is coordinated by Odette Gemuh/

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This is Odette Gemuh she is responsible for training the kids on beats work

Odette presenting

The children also received lessons on gender and violence, health issues 

(HIV/AIDS and the prevention of malaria). More on environmental issues

Interestingly before the workshop came to an end we started observing some behavioral changes.

 

The workshops ended without any ceremony because of lack of means to give them some small farewell.

2017

A Gift Results in LVE Workshops at Schools, an Orphanage and a Refugee Camp

Patricia Ndikum and the LVE team in Cameroon have conducted a number of LVE Awareness Sessions and Educator Trainings since January of this year, as well as activities with parents and students. The facilitated LVE Educator workshops for the Lady Bird group of schools, Holy Infant Nursery and Primary School, and Green Hill Academy. The provided LVE workshops for students at a Lady Bird School, St. Stephen’s International, Maison Dola, and GBPS Awae Ekounous. They plan to continue with educator workshops during the rest of the year, and also do LVE activities at an orphanage as well as values-based education awareness building at a refugee camp.

Congratulations Patricia Ndikum and the LVE team in Cameroon. You have made the gift from the families of Kuwait American School spread so beautifully.

Patricia and the team would like to continue to disseminate LVE workshops to other schools and refugee camps in different regions of Cameroon. They are also cooperating with a sensitization, screening of and treatment of malaria program in the Central and Littoral Regions. They are hoping to attract funds based on the success the educators, students and families are experiencing.

Should you wish to contribute to LVE workshops, materials and art supplies for one or more schools, please look at their Action Plan and contact Patricia.

2014 – Report of Activities

TRAINING THE TEACHERS WORKSHOP ON VALUE BASED EDUCATION YAOUNDE- CAMEROON 14TH – 16TH APRIL 2014

SUMMARY REPORT

A three-day workshop on value based education was organised in Yaounde by the Association ofd Living Value Education Cameroon. It was coordinated by Patricia Ndikum, assisted by Forgwe Claudia (Aunty Clo). This workshop brought together teachers from five different schools with an aim to enable teachers to create and pass on values naturally to the pupils.

On the first day, most teachers arrived very late due to very bad weather (heavy down pour). All the activities of the first day were repeated on the second day.

The second day was successful. It started with the introduction of the coordinator, the facilitators and participants. After which the main objective of the workshop was presented by the coordinator which was: ‘To enable teachers to create and pass on values naturally to the pupils’.

In her introduction, Patricia regretted the fact that rain interrupted the first day’s activities thereby making it difficult for the Workshop to kick off smoothly. She however appreciated the attendance of the second day. She announced that the program was to be participatory and participants should not expect lectures from any teacher. She added that Living Values Education is all about sharing values and ideas. She went on to give a brief history of Living Values Education. She mentioned that Living Values is not only for educators but for people of all background throughout the world.

The first activity was a reflection on personal values. Participants were given some moments of silence to reflect or imagine a comfortable place or position such as a relaxing place in nature for example a forest, a garden, a sea shore, beside a river etc., a person who has influenced your life positively. Participants gave respective experiences. This exercise aimed at value awareness, drew us to the identification of values such as peace, love, uniqueness, to appreciate and orientate. The lesson drawn was that each one of us possess values which can change our society for better if and only if we live them.

Participants were then asked to reflect on some of their ancestral values that are helpful to them today. After some moments of sharing, participants were divided into groups. Each group was to come up with a tree of values for Cameroon, after which each group made their presentation. Before the groups presented, a question was asked by the facilitator to define the word values. What could be retained from the various definitions was that, values are positive attitudes or qualities which could be moral, intellectual, physical or spiritual. After the presentation of all groups the most popular 12 values were identified. They are: cooperation, honesty, love, respect, responsibility, freedom, humility, peace, happiness, simplicity, tolerance and unity. A value tree of Cameroon was drawn.


 

An interlude was observed during which Aunty Clo taught a song.

LOVE, PEACE, JOY

I have love like a river like a river
I have love like a river like a river
I have love like a river like a river
In my soul (2x)
I have love, peace, joy, like a river (3x)
In my soul (2x).

The last activity of the day was a visualisation and imagination exercise. Participants were asked to reflect and imagine their childhood life, imagine a school of their dream, and how they would like the teachers to be and in what manner should a child be treated. The teachers went into another group work. They came up with the idea of an ideal teacher in reference to schools in which all needs of pupils were met.

  1. How an ideal teacher would be
    - Good listener, decent and intelligent, full of affection for children, jovial/polite caring/ helpful and trustful, creative/dynamic, duty and time conscious, neat, patient, kind/ generous, motivates, spontaneous, good counsellor

  2. Dream school
    - Neat, having a playground, garden, well equipped/ ventilated classrooms, staff office, toilets, qualified teachers, good dinning sheds, good computer lab/library, assessable,  good lighting system, available didactic materials, well planned and organised programmes, good management

The day rounded off with the briefing of the next day’s activities and an assignment given to teachers to draw a value tree for their various schools. The third day started with a reflection of day two activities. The assignments given to the teachers were presented. The coordinator then drew the attention of participants to the different lessons that could be drawn from the presentation of the respective value trees. Various answers were given and debated upon. It was noted that just from the value tree of a school or an organisation or a country, one can have an understanding or a good knowledge of that institution without physically contacting them.


 

Visualisation and imagination exercise continued

Participants were asked to reflect on their childhood life. In what manner would you like to be treated? Imagine you were a child. The teachers reflected and brainstormed on the topic. They said, a child needs affection, care, love, understanding, motivation, satisfaction, protection, valued, good counselling, dialogue and guidance.

The next activity was the qualities of a good educator.

Qualities of a good educator

The teachers felt the qualities of a good teacher would be:

Good listener, cooperative, a model, courageous, gentle, respectful, good counsellor, impartial, objective, honest, responsible, tolerant, simple, dynamic, appreciative, jovial, reactive, current, spontaneous, observant, patient, punctual, assessable and open minded.

Another song was taught by the facilitator which went thus;

It’s love
It’s love
It’s love
that makes the world go round
It’s love that makes the world go round

Active listening

After the song, participants were divided into two groups and were instructed to communicate with their partners on specific topics. One group was given the name angels and the other the stars. While they were debating facilitators passed round with an instruction to each group that would affect the communication. The lesson learnt was to enable participants to develop good communication and listening skills.






Understanding: Teachers need to understand and address the root causes of problems and find compassionate or sensitive ways to help children change their behaviour, keeping in mind that every child needs to be loved, respected, valued, understood and safe. The exercise ended with a list of “do’s” and “don’ts”.

The “do’s”
Attentive, talk-less, dialogue, encourage, advice, free expression, support, observant, appreciate, acknowledge, tolerant, paraphrase, eye contact, facial expression, polite.

The “don’ts”
Interrupt, ignore, rude, criticise, blame, sigh, distract, neglect, intimidate, over instruct, dictate, too much advice, impose, insult, torture, favour fight.

Then conflict resolution was introduced under which there was mediation skills and what not to do and do do in conflict resolution.

Mediation skills
Be objective, impartial, good judgement, don’t impose, don’t intimidate, don’t moralise, dialogue, ask questions, be calm, have patience, courage, respect, be peaceful, have unity forgiveness, humility, be tactful, polite, attentive, maintain order.

What not to do in conflict resolution

Don’t shout, blame, and provide solution

Value based discipline

- Help pupils to develop self respect
- Counselling
- Build awareness in the pupils
- Use of silence in order to reflect
- Pupils propose rules for the class
- Give responsibilities to pupils
- Aim for win win, everybody tries to be the best)

Tools for the teacher
- Tolerance to obstacles encounter on duty and deal with them in a positive manner
- Be flexible in difficult situations
- Ability to find inner strength when there is tension
- To be able to face challenges, for example large classes with lack of teaching aids
- To be able to put aside worries, troubles and concerns and put on a smiling face
- To see every child as a diamond, that is to recognise his or her special qualities
- To be impartial in dealing with children while judging fairly
- The willingness to cooperate in lifting up the fallen standard of education

Participants were encouraged to make use of the values learned by implementing them in their daily lessons.

After the training we went on the field to see how the teachers have been implementing the Living Values lessons in their respective schools. This led us to a one week field activity during which some of the activities such as the paper tower etc. that could not be carried out during the training were then realised. 

FIELD ACTIVITY

A week activity on the implementation of values in the classrooms was carried out. We followed up with some of the teachers in their respective classes and helped them implement values lessons in the course of their class work.

In each institution two teachers were selected to be our contact persons. They shall be the ones to continue the follow up on our behalf. Two pilot schools were chosen, they are “Amasia Bilingual Complex” and “CEF Bilingual Nursery and Primary School”.

On the first day, the class teacher introduces the team to the children. After which the coordinator introduced the first activity. Pupils were asked to give the names of those they admired most and the reason for their choices. Various reactions were gotten from children. This exercise led the children to some sort of career orientation, appreciation, admiration, wanting to become like their role models. Furthermore children were ask to stay quiet either by sleeping or folding hands for about 2 minutes. Again various experiences were shared, some said they were happy inside, others wanted to sleep, others said friends were disturbing. These exercises led the children to bring out the values “Peace and happiness”.

 

An assignment was given to the pupils to go home and demonstrate some of the values lessons learnt so far.

The following day, the children explain how they changed their behaviour at home through activities carried out. Reactions from parents as presented by the pupils.

  • “My father only smiled.”
  • “My mother said, ‘You are a good girl.’”
  • “My mother smiled and said nothing.”
  • “My father said, ‘You are a good boy.’”
  • “My sister said, “That was good.” etc

A child having understood the lesson felt she could express more love to her mother on the occasion of mother’s day. She asks:

“Please Madame, if you were a child like us and it is the 29th of May, which gift will you give your mother?” Sincerely we did not remember the event celebrated on that day. We threw back the question unto them. Reactions from the children: The 29th May is mother’s day. Some of the replies we got from the pupils were;

  • “I will give her flowers.”
  • “I will draw my mother.”
  • “I will draw a heart and write below I love you.”
  • I will write a love letter to her.”
  • “I will draw my mother and her family.”

These reactions from the level four children showed that they are really following up the lesson.

The next activity with the class four pupils was to build a paper tower. We decided to change the idea of a paper tower to a paper house.

The class was divided into four groups and each group had to construct a house of their choice using cardboard papers with different colours. This activity became very intense, so much so that we found it difficult to stop them. We later realised that the children did not take it as an ordinary exercise; it became some sort of a competition, to see which group could build the best house. Again we realised that these children did some kind of division of labour. Some were in charge in building only the roof, others the body work (the walls), the floor, the doors and windows and a special team was to decorate the house. Even though they divided the work, they faced a lot of difficulties too. Such as the pupils’ said:

  • “It was not easy.”
  • “Not everybody worked.”
  • “Some people did not want to work.”
  • “Some people wanted to make their own group.”
  • “Some wanted only their ideas to be taken.”
  • “Some wanted to work alone.”
  • “Some were insulting.”
  • “Some were angry and left the group but came back.”
  • “Some cried because their house was ugly.”
  • “Some group members ran away from their ugly house.”
  • “Some cried because they said they were responsible for the ugly house.”

 

From the experience gathered, in order to live their values they have to change their personality. This led them to cry, quarrel, run away from group because they were afraid to fail, etc but finally they had to regain their group because they did not have any other option. They said if they stay away others will continue working thus they are bound to work together.

Lesson learnt is that, they must learn to work together for what is profitable to the group, the school or the community.

The fact that they regained their groups showed that they let go their differences and focused on the common goal. Each group wanted to be the best. Those who ran away finally regained the courage to give their own contribution in the building of the house. Lesson on how to be cooperative, creative, hardworking, loving, courage and simplicity were drawn from the activity
The last activity we carried out was drawing a value tree for their class.

IMPACT

ON TEACHERS

Some of them were not used to the word values and how to apply them, as such it was like something new, good to be applied in day to day life. Even though they have been hearing or using the words, they do not know the full implication of the words as living values. They were happy and wished the program were continuous. They also wished to be selected to work on values. That was the reason why they decided to sacrifice their time to attend the program right up to the end. Some regretted starting late, they did not know that it was so interesting and important. Some expressed their willingness to be part of the living values team.

ON PUPILS

Reactions received from children after assignment was given. Parents were astonished, appreciated them, this made the children happy and decided to live value based life because according to them it makes everybody happy and comfortable.

The paper house activity had a great impact on the children in that, they came to realise that they were bound to cooperate as a group, to take into consideration each other opinion despite their differences, which led some of them to cry quarrel argue, fear of failure, run away from their groups to join other groups etc.

At the end, the children became conscious of their personality and responsibility to contribute to the success of their groups as such they regained their various groups fully engaged.

N.B: A little girl remarked that, “It was useless leaving the group because others remained working. And, if you go to another group you will be chased away”.

The fact that they regained their groups shows that they led go their differences and focused on their goal. Each person wants the best, each group want to be the first. What an unprepared competition.

CONSTRAINTS

We worked under very difficult conditions due to very little resources (material, financial, human resource etc.) at our disposal.

WAY FORWARD

From what we have gathered so far through this pilot training, we thought it is very necessary making it a program to be  implemented all over Cameroon.

This training will not only empower the teachers and pupils but has a great effect on the family as well as the community at large. One teacher reaches out to averagely 40 children and one child reaches out to averagely five people in his or her home, imagine the number of homes and people that will be touched.

Studies have shown that in Cameroon, most homes are living on practically hand to mouth (less than 2 dollars a day). Making it difficult for parents to have time for their children as some have to go out for businesses in the evening while the children are left alone in the house with nobody to talk to them or give them home base education. The value lessons learnt, stand as a guide to the children and the family as they will be able to manage up and be responsible even in the absence of their parents or guardian.

In some homes, parents or guardians come back in the evening very late and tired thus have very little or no time for their children. As such, these trainings of teachers and pupils in schools will be building a solid rock for these children in the early years of their existence. With these values they will be armed to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Empowering the youths by inculcating in them the importance of living their values and developing their full potentials is empowering the future leaders of our communities, country and the whole world.

Empowering them with values is in a way playing the role of parents in their lives filling the gap that exist between them and their parents especially children whose parents do not make out time for them due to economic reasons.

Most parents do not know what values are, some are even ignorant about the idea of living values. Some are recalcitrant, some careless about the moral wellbeing of their children and even that of their family. This program will turn to pull their attention through the children’s behaviour change as a result of value lessons learnt in schools.

For the program to have a continuous impact on the children, the school and the community at large, we are going to create living values clubs in the different schools. Through these clubs we are going to have constant interaction with the schools.

Focal point persons are going to be established in our partner schools to maintain continues activities. These activities could be extended to interschool competition on living values issues.
In addition to our program we look forward to create awareness through sensitization campaign in public places such as offices, business places and even through the media. By so doing most parent will be reached and this will create an enabling environment for the children to comfortably live their values at home and in the community without being frustrated.

TESTIMONY

  1. One of the facilitators happened to visit a friend in her home. While she was there she heard the boy child in the house telling her younger sister who was disturbing him to allow him live his values. She then asked the boy what he knew about values. He said: “You came to our school and taught us values, so I am living my values in the house’. And ’How do you live it’? she asked? ‘By cleaning the veranda every day. I now know that I have to do it every day to show that I am responsible”. The child’s mother testified that at first he was lazy and did not want to do anything. All of a sudden he started helping in house chores.

  2. Another child testified that she went back home after school and found out that her mother was not in the house and her elder sister was lying sick on the bed. The houses chores were not yet done so she helped in cooking, washing plates and cleaning the house. This was very unusual as she hardly works in the house. When her mother returned, she appreciated her. Her elder sister also appreciated her and said, “Thank you very much you are a good girl”. She was very happy and this left a positive impact in her. 

 
The Living Values team in Cameroon wishes to continue in this light gradually to all  the regions of Cameroon. Our resources were very limited, but we still managed to carry out a training of trainers seminar under very diffucult conditions.  We can do much better if we have resources at our disposal.

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