Report submitted by Cameroon 2nd cycle

Le rapport national aborde la question de l'éducation à de plusieurs reprises et fait explicitement référence à l'éducation aux droits de l'homme à sept occasions (28 à 30, 39 à 41, 91).

Public human rights awareness

28. To reinforce human rights culture, various Government bodies responsible for human rights issues in general or specific rights, the NCHRF and civil society organizations permanently organised activities to promote human rights (seminars, workshops, awareness campaigns, celebration of international days etc.). As part of these activities, some international and regional legal instruments on human rights treaties to which Cameroon is party, were translated into some local languages to facilitate their dissemination and understanding. These instruments are distributed in the form of leaflets or booklets.

29. National Human Rights Education Programme for all levels of education was drawn up with the technical coordination of the NCHRF. Its implementation started in 2009 with a pilot phase in primary and secondary education. It aims at raising awareness and educating citizens on their rights and the respect for other’s rights (See Annex II).

30. In addition, the media also contributes through information and public awareness campaigns in weekly radio programmes by some ministries. The main topics discussed relate to women’s specific rights, children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, or other specific rights such as the right to education and the right to health etc.

Training of judicial staff in human rights (Recommendations 7, 8)

39. Curricula for the training of the Police, Gendarmerie, Prison Administration and Army staff as well as Judicial and Legal Officers contain modules on human rights.

40. Such specific courses that focus on a variety of topics and given many credit hours are aimed at familiarising these officials with human rights issues in the administration of justice and at building their capacity in this area, for a better protection of citizens' rights.

41. Besides the initial training, judicial staff undergo training in the form of seminars, workshops, educational talks etc. (the list of related activities carried out since 2010 is attached as Annex IV).

Right to education (Recommendation 36)

56. Full and universal education is one of Government’s priorities as illustrated by the strengthening of measures to ensure effective free education in public primary schools decided in 2000. As part of universal access to education, incentives such as scholarships, books and school canteens were provided in Priority Education Areas (PEA).

57. Overall, Government took measures to improve on education offer (in public secondary schools from 1,525 in 2010 to 1,876 in 2011 and the authorisation of private schools from 965 to 1,003 during the same period). In higher education, the 8th public university was set up in 2010 as well as the opening of 4 university establishments in 2011. Furthermore, major strides were taken concerning the quality of supervision, the professionalisation of education with the introduction of new fields of study in technical and professional education establishments, the introduction of technical modules in the general education system; promotion of bilingualism and national languages through testing of special bilingual education programme, the issuing of a bilingual end-of-first cycle certificate as from 2013, the teaching of national languages and cultures and the strengthening of human rights education in formal education as well as the promotion of inclusive education.

91. Human rights education and awareness initiatives should be intensified while waiting for a greater number of people to be reached. These initiatives include the production of educational specifications and guidelines on teaching human rights in schools initiated by the NCHRF, supported by the UNDP, in collaboration with the Ministries in charge of Education and the Ministry of Justice.


Liste des activités y relatives, menées depuis 2010

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List of related activities carried out since 2010