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Aumazo’s mission is to empower Cameroonian girls by making high school education and vocational training a viable option for girls living in rural communities. Related goals include helping graduates obtain gainful employment and/or higher education, as well as addressing water and sanitation issues in their communities.
Currently, secondary school is still a luxury in rural Cameroon and only 17 percent of rural girls make it to high school. One of the major impediments to secondary education for girls is that the cost of school fees and lodging/boarding are well out of reach for the great majority of rural families. In many instances, school infrastructure is nonexistent and most secondary schools are too far away from rural family homes for girls to commute daily.
Most existing high schools are located in towns; they do not possess boarding facilities for girls and few parents can afford to pay fees for those that are available. In addition, very often many girls and young women will not attend classes consistently unless they have adequate access to acceptable sanitary facilities. As a consequence of the high absenteeism, a smaller percentage of girls pass secondary school examinations compared to boys and day students in urban areas, and they have higher rates of repeats and drop-outs.
AUMAZO, INC. is building a community-based high school that will benefit girls in Bankondji and the neighboring villages. We envision a welcoming environment where relevant instructional tools will contribute to girls’ personal and educational growth.