The recent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Cameroon was the occasion for the French Development Agency (AFD) to assess its action in Cameroon, particularly in the primary education sector. The assessment found that AFD has financed the construction of 4,301 classrooms over the past 15 years. In the same period, the agency invested in the rehabilitation of 671 equipped classrooms. No less than 37,200 teachers have also been recruited.
AFD has indicated that these actions have improved the quality of infrastructure in primary education and hopes to have an impact on school dropouts. Over the period, the French agency has invested €244 million, about CFA160 billion "to achieve a quality universal education in Cameroon”. Now, AFD is working to support the country in setting up the school of tomorrow per the government’s vision. That means well-equipped schools with playgrounds, laboratories, fiber optics, etc.
AFD is the economic arm of French cooperation. It operates in several fields: climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban planning, health, governance... Its teams are involved in 115 countries. Its mission is to contribute to France's commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).