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WHAT MAKES A GOOD STUDENT

As the second semester exams draws closer, activities at the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa Buea (PAID-WA), gradually comes to an end. Students at this stage are aware of the importance of effective studies and the dangers of missing classes. Countless issues affect how well students perform in school, but among them are how the students themselves approach their work and learning. However, there are common traits that typically appear in good students regardless of their nature or additional qualities. But the questions on most minds is who therefore is a good student? Selected students on Campus expressed diverse opinions on what makes a good student. According to them, a good student is somebody who always attends classes, pays attention when its lectures, reads often and collaborates with others. A good student is one that works their hardest and has the burning desire to learn and probably also participates in class.

Some lecturers expressed a similar opinion on what makes a good student. They stressed on the point that a good student is a person who aspires to be great and does everything possible to achieve this ambition. Be respectful, listen, studies and learns to take proper notes and is honest. Habitually most students who top their classes are very organized and time conscious.

It is often said that successful students are a mirror image of their lecturers. PAID-WA who over the years have recorded outstanding students, always ensures that the management brings in the very best of the best lecturers to train its students. PAID-WA administration encourages its staff to strive for the highest standards and build on these qualities of her students. As Gandhi famously thought “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”, an educated person is an asset for any country, thus PAID-WA students are encouraged to treat their studies with utmost priority.

PAID-WA, BUEA AN INSTITUTE FOR ALL

The Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa, Buea (PAID-WA) is a center of African cultural multiplicity with a rare mix of international students drawn from the region and beyond. PAID-WA well known for its favorable learning environment welcomes diverse cultures into its institute with no limit to its targets racial or cultural background. As the world slowly becomes a global village and expands across borders, multinational and cross-cultural groups are similarly becoming ever more common, given birth to an increasingly varied knowledge base and new insightful approaches to Institutions.

PAID-WA is a regional capacity building and research organization serving the West African region, with a wide range of inter-disciplinary programmes and specialized diplomas at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Its transnational relationship crosses across borders and the Institute prides itself on developing lasting relationships with its students who are valued members of its global family. Some of these PAID-WA students experiencing this relationship are public health students from Northern Nigeria who have voiced delight to be part of this prestigious diplomatic institution. According to these students, PAID-WA feels like their second home and they have never missed their family back at home thanks to the homey feelings PAID-WA continuously gives them through its staffs and students.

It should be noted that PAID-WA is a model African Institute in the area of development, one that trains intermediate and senior development agents and respects the values of democracy, humanity, equity, social justice, good governance and human rights. Furthermore, PAID-WA endeavors to ensure a high level of satisfaction for trainees and organizations that benefit from these training. PAID-WA is active in development, management activities and capacity building through practical field research, technical advisory/consultancy services, training and publications to address contemporary issues and knowledge gaps.

Likewise, an effective and systematic approach to building intercultural competence is one important element at PAID-WA, BUEA in growing its Institute and in achieving its key objectives through full inclusion. Whatever the case the saying which states that PAID-WA is an Institute for all cannot be over emphasized as PAID-WA’s vision is “To be the reference centre for concerted, decent and sustainable economic, social and cultural development of the African continent, bringing together in every country all persons without distinction of race, nationality, religious origin, or belief.”

Divine Shu
Communication Officer

PAID-WA BUEA ARCHIVES

PAID-WA BUEA archives, has a collection of case studies, village diaries, rare text books, files containing document about the PAID-WA BUEA from 1969 till date, journals, magazines, lecture notes, training materials and documents containing laws of the federal republic of Cameroon. All these are available for use to the staff and students of PAID-WA BUEA. It is also opened to the general public that is researchers and students from other state universities and higher institutions of learning who can access it after carrying out the registration formalities.

Archives refer to an accumulation of historical records or the physical place where those historical records are located. Archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of an individual or organization’s life time and are kept for posterity. Archives are beneficial to the society as a whole. Currently, files and resources are being processed for easy identification in the PAID-WA BUEA archives but students and staff can visit it on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and on Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.it is located in the former ICM block. Everyone is encouraged to make use of the archives which is free of charge to the staff and students of PAID-WA BUEA.

Visit our archives now!!!
Mme Loveline Che

SECOND SEMESTER 2016/2017 RESUMES

The Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa (PAID-WA), officially opened its doors to the start of a new semester on May 2, 2017. Activities on campus resumed to normal as students brace themselves up to face this new battle. In order to ensure the stable minds of her students, PAID-WA recently organized an orientation session, which aimed at letting students have an overview of PAID-WA, important policies, procedures, and resources that will help students be successful by the end of the second semester.

Knowing how to start a semester strongly can be one of the most important skills to learn. After all, the choices you make during the first few weeks of a new semester can have long-lasting effects. The Orientation chaired by the Dean of Studies of PAID-WA, Dr. Godswill Asongwe, was intended to assist students receive important information about academic procedures and the course registration process of PAID-WA.

These weeks of a semester usually set the pattern for the entire semester. Students are prone to analyze a tutor's attitude and style and, based on their previous experience and current observations, make judgments about their own role in the class and decisions about their level of engagement and participation.

Establishing a positive attitude from the onset has clear advantages for both instructor and students. Making a strong start requires that lecturers communicate their expectations to the class in an effective manner. What is said and done during the first few weeks of a class may determine the outcome of the semester for many students. Most students at the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa, Buea (PAID-WA), expressed a great deal of enthusiasm and level of satisfaction on commencing with their new semester. According to these students their plans on being the top of their class this semester is: to get a time management system, take a reasonable course load, create a study schedule and place important dates (like tests, assignment due dates), make new and resourceful friends and above all pray for God’s guidance and mercy.

However, it cannot be overlooked that, while most students are excited about the start of the second semester, if its challenges are not properly managed the second semester can turn into a disaster. One known factor of a major challenge faced by students is the aspect of time management. Time management can be difficult but is an essential skill needed to succeed in both college and future career. That is to say finding a source of motivation can be a significant challenge at the start of a new term, but a strong beginning is more likely to lead to a strong end-of-semester. Whatever the case, the start of the second semester at PAID-WA, Buea rides on with full force and no matter what, students must be confident in starting a new semester, be open minded, make memories and most importantly, strive to be the best.

Vanessa Mokoko
Communications Intern

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ZANFACK AURELIE (PAID-WA’s Agriculture student).

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. A student must strive for excellence in order to determine their bright future and career. With the rise in the economy, competition has become the other of the day, and in order to strive for a good job in these fast changing world, education is the key. Often at times, the road to success starts with a dream, which grows to motivation and the will power to achieve and make this dream become a reality. Zanfack Woubeng Aurelie, a student of the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa Buea (PAID-WA), shares her success story on the growing and cultivation of “Agaricus bisporus” locally called “Mushrooms”.

Who are you?

I am Zanfack Woubeng Aurelie, I am a second year Bachelor of Science (BSc) student of Agriculture and Environment at PAID-WA, Buea. I currently grow mushrooms on Campus. I have a French background as I come from Yaoundé.

What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?

I came to PAID-WA for the purpose of doing Agriculture. Having a mastery of Agriculture means a student cannot solely rely on theory but practical’s too. Looking at this aspect. I wanted to know more about my beautiful field “Agriculture” so I decided to volunteer. I started my voluntary service on Campus. That is to stay while my friends go back home for holidays, I stay back on campus and volunteer. I was later on advised by my lecturer to volunteer in an Organization called Center for Development and Environmental Protection (CEDFP) where they specialize in Agroforestry. While volunteering with CEDFP I participated in the nursing of different types of fruit trees and taking care of cows. Seeing how delicate I took care of the cows, the manager of CEDFP advised me to do Mushroom cultivation. With my theoretical experience from school, I was able to learn and adapt quickly while being trained on mushroom cultivation.

Through CEDFP, I was able to have Mushroom seedlings with the partnership of the Ministry of Agriculture. I am currently a registered farmer of the South West Region specifically on Mushroom cultivation. This helped me in the facilitation of the seedlings I had.

Can you give me a brief overview of the process of Mushroom cultivation?

Mushroom cultivation is very easy. I say that because it doesn’t take a lot of time for it to develop. You need 3days. The 1st day you learn how to cultivate mushrooms, the 2nd day you buy all the materials and mix all the substances. After mixing all the substance, you cook and keep. The 3rd day when you remove the mixture from the pot, mix again with seeds and after 21 days you can come and check the progress of the mushroom. So with Mushroom cultivation, the labor ends only during this 3days, after this process, the Mushroom cultivator only monitors the mushroom from time to time. The harvesting process begins after 2 months of cultivation.

What are you most excited or passionate about?

I am passionate about Mushroom cultivation. I fell in love with mushroom cultivation because Agriculture is my desire and also mushroom cultivation is very easy and very profitable. For instance, 300grams of mushroom can give 3000 FRS. That is to say, 100grams of mushroom cost 1000 FRS. The demand is high and the supply is little. I believe a lot of people don’t know how to cultivate mushrooms.

I must say I love what I am doing, I feel I inspire other students on campus, I Have had a lot of students come to me for me to teach them mushroom cultivation. I can’t take all of the credit alone, I work closely with Stephnie a first-year student in PAID-WA.

How do you cope with Mushroom cultivation vis-à-vis your studies in PAID-WA?

Actually, it’s not easy at all. Since I came to PAID-WA, I have never had holidays, I decided to stay back in school and do the Mushroom cultivation. Well, I must say, the only advantage I have is living on campus because I wake up very early in the morning to monitor and check the progress of my mushrooms and I do same in the evening before I go back home. Honestly, it’s not easy because every mushroom cultivator needs a lot of determination, to carry out this project. In the beginning of this project, I was not alone. There were a lot of people but they dropped out because they lacked commitment.

Having this project and coping with my studies is a big Challenge because I always have to give a progress report to school on how the seedlings have developed that means I have to constantly monitor my mushrooms. Now being a student with my French background, I am forced to work double in order to make it. But by God’s grace, I came out this year, top of my class, irrespective of all these challenges.

What are some of the challenges you faced in this project?

For the Mushroom cultivation to be complete, I will need Combs for corn, wood, sawdust. Now the combs for corn was the most difficult part of this project because I needed dry combs of corn, and given the fact that this is the rainy season, most of the people I encountered had wet combs of corn. I was therefore forced to go to the interior villages, to get dry combs of corn from old women who store them in their kitchen.

Another challenge I faced was grinding the combs of corn. Since it’s very difficult to find a machine that will grind this combs of corn to take a powder form, I was forced to cut the combs of corn in bits before grinding.

There are many substrates a mushroom cultivator can use to produce mushrooms, it does not only have to be combs of corn. What I strive to do here on campus is to use different substrates for mushroom cultivation and find out which one is best for this cultivation, so that I can use the knowledge I have acquired to sensitize farmers all over the Buea Municipality.

What inspired you to do what you are doing right now?

I got inspired by my father. My father being an Engineer by profession constantly told me while growing up that when he retires he was going to get full time into Agriculture. At that time, I never fully understood why an engineer would want to end up in the field of Agriculture. According to my Dad, Agriculture is a field which is very rich and the demand is very high. At that time, my dream was to become an Engineer as my father. So I attempted my 1st degree in physics in Yaoundé, but I did not complete it because I felt physics was not my passion. I tried several attempts to no avail and finally, I got to know about PAID-WA Buea, and with the guiding principle of my father, I took on Agriculture and Environment, and I have never regretted my decision ever since. My father is my biggest inspiration. I always get excited when I see how well my mushroom progress. As it changes every day, it motivates me.

What advice do you have for your fellow students and the Buea community at large?

Looking at my experience, I believe in one thing, dreams can be achieved by action. What I have discovered about life is that you have to first dream and then attempt to achieve that dream. The agriculture sector has a lot of advantages. It can make youths independent from the income gotten from cultivation. I advise youths to focus on the mushroom sector as there is a lot of demand and less supply. That is the reason why PAID-WA has decided to do vocational training so that even if you come from any field it could be human resource, accounting, just to name a few, you should know part of agriculture. Thus, when you graduate and you don’t yet have a job, the individual can start cultivating anything of his choice. I would advise PAID-WA students to take vocational training very serious and always volunteer at every given opportunity. Most importantly, every student should love what they do because when you love what you do, you work with so much passion.

Vanessa Mokoko Communications Intern
Communications Intern

PAID-WA in partnership with VIVES University College Belgium

PAID-WA in partnership with VIVES University College Belgium organized a three-day training workshop on International Entrepreneurship and Business Communication. The conference took place from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2017 at the PAID-WA Campus. The speakers of this conference included Entrepreneurship and Communication Experts from Belgium. In all 40 participants benefited from this workshop and the workshop ended with Business canvases developed by participants.

 

YALDA PAID-WA VISITS THE BUEA CENTRAL PRISON

The Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa, Buea (PAID-WA) student club YALDA, graced their presence at the Buea Central Prison. These 2-day initiatives by YALDA and its partners aimed at bringing together PAID-WA stakeholders, to provide sustainable solutions to the problems faced by the Buea inmates. While setting strategies for more action to be taken all in a bit to enhance the living condition of inmates in prisons all over the national territory, YALDA’s main objectives of visiting the Buea central prison where:

  • Organizing a massive clean-up campaign in the prison. This campaign was tilted towards the disinfection of the prison cells, thorough cleaning of the entire prison environment;
  • Establishing a fundraising campaign so as to mobilize resources such as clothes, bed sheets and shoes for the inmates;
  • Assembling resources to be used to cook a common meal by the volunteers and the inmates for all who effectively participated in the project
  • Buying and distributing medicated soups to inmates affected by skin diseases;
  • Organizing a diabetic screening for all inmates and the opportunity for the inmates to check their blood pressure;

Nevertheless, Cameroon has one of the largest prisons in Central and West Africa with some of the prisons having a population of over 4600 inmates with more than 60% made up of youths, school drop outs and minors. Being at the tail of correctional and transformational education, access to quality education in institutions such as prison are scares and difficult to find. Another dire situation in prisons in Cameroon stemming as a result of the huge population increase in inmates intake is that of overpopulation and crowding in small prison cells that were made to accommodate a number of persons not higher than 30 per room in most cases. Due to the urge population, the living condition of inmates are below expectations. Prison cells now accommodate over 30% of the population they are originally meant to accommodate. Inmates suffer from skin diseases and many others.

Studies carried out at the Buea Central Prison have confirmed the predominance of stigmatization and rejection of prisoners at such, inmates are abandoned to themselves by families and friends. Making them to lack basic necessities such as clothes, bed sheets, eating materials amongst others. The unavailability of these basic necessities is one of the main causes of trauma and most often the cause of the increase in crime wave when these prisoners have served their terms imprisonment and are realized.

Due to the population density in the prison, providing meals with a balanced diet to inmates has been a serious challenge. As a result, inmates suffer from malnutrition and other diseases such as diabetics. The rising of the population in the prison has made the prison cells over saturated, as a result the prevalence of bacterial, this has led to inmates suffering from skin disease such as rashes. This situation calls for the urgent need to provide disinfectants for the prison cells and the provision of medicated soup to inmates suffering from skin diseases.

REALISATIONS: Underneath is a rundown of YALDA’s activities at the Buea Central Prison

DAY I:

  • Diabetes Screening o Provided basic treatment to one inmate suffering from diabetes.
  • Conducted High Blood Pressure testing for over 600 inmates o Cleaned and treated wounds of over 300 inmates.
  • Disinfected all 12 prison cells and its surroundings.
  • Educated 49 female prisoners on safe menstrual hygiene practices and we distributed over 100 reusable handmade sanitary to the inmates.
  • Finally, we educated all inmates on safe personal hygiene practices.

DAY II:

  • Drama, signing and playbacks from inmates
  • Various presentations by different stakeholders
  • Presentation of clothes, shoes, bed sheets to inmates; o Common meal with inmates
  • Family Pictures

Nonetheless, these two-day initiatives which actively saw YALDA reaching out to the needs of the Buea Central Prison inmates were not without challenges like Inadequate availability of working materials, ineffective time management from partner organizations, lack of plates and cutleries and poor follow-up of letters of appeal to organizations.

Tenkeu Marie-Sabine
YALDA PAID-WA

Convention de Partenariat IPD (PAID)/Université Mohammed V de Rabat au Maroc

Ce 15 septembre 2016, le Bureau du président de l’Université Mohammed V de Rabat, le Pr Saaïd AMZAZI, a servi de cadre pour la signature d’une importante Convention de partenariat entre l’IPD et ladite Institution universitaire. Le Secrétaire général de l’IPD, le Pr Emmanuel KAMDEM qui représentait l’Institution à travers l’Université des sciences appliquées du développement n’a pas caché sa joie à la finalisation de cette Convention avec l’Université hôte, qu’il présente d’ailleurs comme « l’une des meilleures en Afrique ». En effet, cette Convention de partenariat vise:

  • la double diplomation pour les étudiants de Ph.D. ès sciences appliquées du développement de l’Ecole doctorale de l’IPD ;
  • la mise en place d’un accord de cotutelle ou de codirection des thèses de Doctorat/Ph.D.;
  • la mise en place de programmes de formation spécialisés et non concurrentiels de l’IPD à l’Université Mohammed V, et vice-versa;
  • la mise en place de programmes de recherche et/ou participation collective à des programmes de recherche financés ou subventionnés;
  • la mise en place d’un accord de mobilité entre étudiants, enseignants et chercheurs des deux institutions;
  • la mise sur pied d’un programme de délocalisation des formations de l’IPD à l’Université Mohammed V de Rabat, et vice-versa;
  • la réalisation, publication et diffusion conjointe des travaux de recherche;
  • le renforcement de la coopération entre les deux institutions universitaires;
  • d’autres axes de coopération que les parties jugeront fructueuses.

La signature de cette Convention de partenariat entre la meilleure Institution de formation en sciences appliquées du développement et l’une des meilleures Universités en Afrique vient mettre fin à deux années de négociations intenses et laisse présager des lendemains meilleurs pour les deux Institutions sœurs et amies.

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