The scholarships were awarded to sixteen outstanding women with leadership potential and academic excellence to take on Masters degree programs in universities within Cameroon.
The event that held at the residence of the British High Commissioner on 8 March; a symbolic date to mark the International Day of the Woman 2016 reiterated UK’s commitment in assisting in the achievement SDG5 in Cameroon.
Speaking during the award ceremony which was graced by the presence of government officials, diplomatic missions and other stakeholders, the British High Commissioner, H.E. Brian Olley emphasised on the importance of girl child education and its relevance to the development of the country. He said:
“Education is the foundation upon which future generations can flourish. I am delighted to support Cameroonian women in realizing their ambitions.”
The Cameroon Women Scholarships is one of the British High Commission Yaounde’s projects funded through its Bilateral Programs Fund. It targets women with strong leadership potential, who possess the academic excellence to pursue a Master’s degree but face a significant financial barrier to continuing their studies. The scholarship program was initiated thanks to the 2011 Commonwealth Day theme – “Women as Agents of Change.”
So far, thirty six women have benefitted from this scholarship scheme since 2012.