Cameroon currently has 600 literacy centers teaching about 29,000 early school leavers aged 15+.
"Early school leavers are mainly street children and those who have not had the chance to go to school. They are enrolled in these centers and provided with basic training that will enable them to return to school,” explains Fatime Bilamo Biboni, director of literacy, basic education, and promotion of national languages at the Ministry of Basic Education (Minedub).
These literacy centers also develop attendants’ professional skills. "These centers teach some life, socio-educational and socio-professional skills intending to integrate attendants into the economic circuit," she added.
However, "to date, we are yet to cover all regions because of the security situation in the Northwest and Southwest,” she concluded. According to UNESCO statistics, in 2018 the literacy rate in Cameroon was 72% overall but for people aged between 15 and 24 years, it was 85%.