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Partnership Between Pan African Institute for Development and University of Yaounde II

The partnership document  can be downloaded  here

Cisco Training Programs

TRAINING FOR AN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL IT CERTIFICATION CISCO NETWORK ACADEMY, PAID-WA-(USA)

An opportunity has been made available for interested candidates to be trained for an International Professional Industrial IT Certification from Cisco Network Academy, USA at Pan African Institute for Development – West Africa (PAID-WA) Buea.

Specialisations and Duration:

  •  IT Essentials Comp TIA A+ ( 5 Months) 
  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching (6 Months)
  • Cisco CCNA Security (6 Months) 
  • Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching (6 Months)
  • LPI Linux Essentials (4 Months)
  • Cyber Security (2 Months)

Training Benefits

  • CISCO full sponsorship of candidates to the USA for NetRider competition
  • The Cisco Academy curriculum builds the skills you need to get hired and succeed in jobs related to networking computers, devices, and things 
  • After completing the program, successful participants are qualified to work as:
  • Computer Maintenance Technician
  • Network Engineer. 
  • Network Administrator.
  • Information Technology (IT) Manager.
  • Technical Support Engineer.
  • Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) • Start Date:

The programme is scheduled to begin on 21st March 2018.

For more information, please contact
PAID-WA Regional Headquarters (Buea)
Tel: (237) 233 323 415 / 675 090 512

 

PAID-WA VOCATIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (PA-VMP)

About PAID-VMP

PAID-VMP attaches our degree students with a mentor (organizations and/or experts) throughout their study period in PAID-WA. The mentee is required to spend at least 30hours (equivalent to one credit value) with the mentor every semester. PAID-VMP aims to ensure that prior to or upon graduation, the students:

  • Acquire workplace competencies and experiences that are certificated.
  • Balances classroom knowledge with hands-on skills.
  • Builds capacity for teamwork and productive networking.
  • Nurtures well-defined self-employment career path.

Recruitment Policy

PAID-VMP is compulsory to all degree students (BSc, PGD and MSc) of PAID-WA. The student can select on-campus (internal) or off-campus (external) mentoring. On-campus mentoring opportunities are available in the following areas: bead making and manual cloth marking; crop cultivation (outdoor and greenhouse); tree domestication/nursery; poultry; mushroom; bee farming/processing. Outdoor mentorship opportunities include pharmacy, nursing, health statistician, laboratory technician, NGO work, occupational and safety expert, journalism, forest conservation, human right advocacy, gender work, social work, area planning and surveys, landscaping and beautification, project management, GIS and remote sensing, and renewable energy. Environmental impact assessment, livestock, agricultural extension services, food processing, barbing, retail trading, creative arts and printing, computer repairs, phone repairs, refrigerator/air conditioner repairs, photocopier repairs, electrical wiring, block masonry.

Placements

  • Placement of mentees is based on individual preferences subject to availability of mentors and/or facilities.
  • Mentees are required to combine PA-VMP with their academic work.
  • Mentees have to put in at least 30 hours per semester, plus extra two hours bi-monthly for peer support meetings.
  • Mentors are expected to score and report on the performance of theirs mentees periodically, using designated reporting sheets.

Supervision

The PAID-VMP Coordinators will visit the vocational site regularly to follow up the mentorship activities.

Peer Support Meetings

Peer Support Meetings (PSM) allows mentees to share experiences and draw lessons from discussing with others. It equally enables mentees to draw support from coordinators and the Institute.

The Role of PAID-WA

  • Identifies the appropriate mentors and assigns mentees.
  • Inducts and graduates mentees

The Role of Mentee/Protégé

  • Assist the Institution and locate a mentor when necessary
  •  Attend compulsory Induction Workshop, PSM and other related activities.
  • Show dedication to mentorship activities.
  • Complete the Student Agreement form
  • Update the mentorship journal
  • Relate final project essay/thesis or a publication to mentorship experience gained. 
  • Remain respectful and obedient to the mentor.
  • Show commitment to starting related businesses prior to or upon graduation.

 

The Role of a Mentor

Mentors are experts and/or veterans of a vocational area with a substantial number of years of experience. He/she is self-employed or an employee of an organization. Where a mentor works for an organization, express authorization of the employer may be required. In addition to vocational/practical competencies, mentors should be tolerant, good listeners and passionate above helping young people to become successful. The mentor should be a role model to assigned mentees.

Prosperity Builders

This Video tells the story of how the Pan African Institute for Development (PAID) and all its five Regional Institutes were created.

 

PAN AFRICAN AIR WAVES “THE MAN BEHIND THE MICROPHONE”

Ngang Perez Mafaw, radio host for the Pan African Airwaves and PAID-WA Buea lecturer.

Can you tell me about yourself, your current position in PAID-WA and how long you’ve been in PAID-WA BUEA?

I came to PAID-WA two years ago and it has really been a very good place for me. I have really enjoyed its environment, especially the degree of friendliness and guidance with senior lecturers. I started from the 15th of September 2015. I came into PAID-WA as a volunteer from there I progressed to the head of a department, and presently I’m the coordinator of the ABE (Association of Business Executives) programme. I really love to be in a place where the working environment is challenging. PAID-WA is an Institute which boost your working drive and you are able to see your input. I really thank the management for the great work they are doing, it’s a pleasure working in PAID-WA.

How did your interest with Radio presentation emerge?

PAID-WA is an environment where there is room for diversity, to learn more skills, ability to get hands on training, even in areas that are not your specialty. Here in PAID-WA, you can never say this is my area of specialization and you remain there because PAID-WA provides you the opportunity to have varied training in different fields. When we had this partnership between the revival gospel radio and PAID-WA, our goal was to provide debates, radio programmes, talk shows and educational activities on the programme to educate and make the audience know about PAID-WA and its activities. As a result of this partnership, I found myself in a situation where I had to communicate this vision to a larger audience not only to the classroom which I have the opportunity to teach.

Can you give me a brief overview of what “the Pan African airwaves” programme is all about?

The Pan African airwaves is a radio programme which runs on air every Mondays from 6-6:30 pm at the revival gospel radio FM 105.5. The Pan African airwaves is aimed at providing the audience with sufficient information concerning the Pan African Institute for Development-West Africa Buea (PAID-WA), its activities and services. Normally the vision was to sell PAID-WA to the community, but if we constantly repeated PAID-WA’s missions and vision, it was going to be monotonous, thus we decided to add a little twist to the programme by bringing up topics which will be beneficial to our contemporary society, and we have an elaborate discussion on that topic with my interviewee who is an expert in that topic from PAID-WA or out of PAID-WA. This programme also comprises of new programs and scholarships coming up in PAID-WA.

Where you inspired by any professional in the media world?

Journalism has never been my passion but since I love challenges, I saw this as an opportunity to improve my skills so I took up the challenge and that is how I became a radio presenter. I realized I could talk on air and I started getting positive feedbacks after my programmes. I honestly did not grow up aspiring to be a journalist. But looking at it on the other side, I often watch news presentation both nationally and internationally and I really feel excited receiving information from this persons. You have journalist like Christaine Amanpour, that I just admire their style of presentation but not as a role model. Well I must say what brought me in as a radio host for this programme was just the necessity for somebody to play the role and I took up the challenge to be the radio host for “the Pan African Airwaves”.

What are your best and worst moments as a radio presenter for “the Pan African Airwaves” so far?

My best moment as a host for “the Pan African Airwaves” is meeting people’s needs at a particular point in time. The Pan African Airwaves provides veritable solutions on talk shows which solves the problems of people. This programme gives me the opportunity to know the needs of my audience and satisfying their needs by sending across information and getting a positive feedback is gratifying. My worst moment I can say is the difficulty I face when prioritized guest speakers don’t show up on time for the program.

If you were to choose between being a journalist or an educationist in your next life, which of them will you prefer?

I will choose both professions because my passion is educating people and both professions offer me the opportunity to reach out to people through education. While being a lecturer I am able to reach a selected audience in the classroom and being a radio presenter gives me the opportunity to reach a wider audience which at the end of the day is still educating people. I do not necessarily need to look at only my next life because presently I am already having the aspirations of merging both professions. PAID-WA is thinking of expanding its partnership with other renowned radio stations for the same purpose.

What advice would you give somebody who would want to merge both professions that is ; being an educationist and a radio host?

In order to merge both professions, you must, first of all, have a message to send across to your audience. That is what you want to communicate. Secondly, it’s not just what you want to communicate but what you are communicating to your listeners. That is your message should be of value to the audience and be able to impact the general public. You must know that you are a messenger and respect your scope, that is strictly focused on your message and not take your platform to send across wrong messages. Lastly, you must be committed, disciplined and determined.

FIELD VISIT TO TOLE, BUEA

The PAID-WA learning process has as its core objective to equip students with “hands on” experience and skills. This has been demonstrated in the designing and adoption into the PAID-WA curricular: the PAID-VMP, the numerous field visits and outreaches.

It is with this excitement and desire to acquire actual skills that the year two Environment and Agricultural Development course students embarked on a field visit to the Sasse Farm owned by the Likove Farmers Simplified Cooperative Society (LFCS). This farm is situated around the Sasse neighborhood of the Buea Municipality, at the foot of Mount Cameroon some 7km from Buea Town and 3km from Mile 4 Limbe. The LFCS being an integrated farm, it offers the perfect opportunity for the students to observe the various waste generation avenues, management and disposal practices. The objectives of the field visit were as follows: To identify the different types and sources of generation of agricultural waste in a typical farm setting

To observe the actual practice of waste management methods by the LFCS Farmers at the Sasse Farm

To identify typical challenges faced in managing typical agricultural waste and to propose solutions.

Participants were delighted to be taken through the farm by the landlord who took ample time to explain all the agricultural practices: agroforestry, horticulture, livestock production (bee keeping and pig farming) practiced at the farm; the various sources of waste generation; the various farm and waste management methods employed at the farm.

At the end, the participants conducted a SWOT analysis of the farm from whence they proposed solutions of waste and farm practice methods to achieve better outcomes at the farm.

By Aurelie Zankie

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.

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