Mr Thierry Zomahoun along with Alice Umulinga and Paterne Nzahumunyurwa were received by Prof. Nicolas Andjiga, the Director of the Higher Teacher’s Training College ENS Yaoundé, which is home to the TTP coordination Centre. Prof. Mama Foupouagnigni, President of AIMS Cameroon, guided them on their tour which took place on 27 October 2016 during the 13-day training session for 46 mathematics pedagogic inspectors in Cameroon.
Mr Zomahoun participated in the session on Gender Responsive Pedagogy and Inclusive Education led by Mrs Patience Fielding, the TTP consultant from the USA. During an exchange with the participants, he offered some words of encouragement, saying that he was honored to interact with “inspectors who will be agents of change and transformation in schools in Cameroon and Africa at large”. He went on to thank Prof. Daniel Tieudjo, Director of the TTP program, for his hard work and conceptualization of an idea that will propel the development of Cameroon and Africa at large.He praised Prof. Foupouagnigni for being one of the top 6 mathematicians in Cameroon and exhorted the inspectors to follow Prof. Foupouagnigni’s example and take the training seriously. He suggested a policy review where university lecturers ought to start as secondary school teachers for better understanding of the milieu.
Mr Zomahoun spoke highly of the importance of gender policies and appreciated Mrs. Fielding’s training. He further contended that “the majority of the decorated scientists are Africans, but they invest their knowledge and expertise in the West rather than in Africa”. In order to correct this he noted that it is very important to train teachers on how to improve their teaching to produce excellent future engineers, doctors, economists etc. because they will greatly contribute to the technological and economic growth and prosperity of the nation and continent.
Expert trainers and inspectors were motivated by the speech and left with a renewed commitment. The trained pedagogic inspectors will be part of the TTP master trainers who will in turn train in-service and pre-service teachers.