Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

7 November 2006

Cameroon: New Training Programme for Mbalmayo Forestry School

Experts scrutinised the proposed programme last Friday prior to its official presentation soon.

A new training programme has been hatched for the Mbalmayo National Forestry School. The programme was examined by experts last Friday in the school in Mbalmayo to give it a final cleansing ahead of its official commissioning.

In a ceremony presided at by the Inspector General at the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Benga Joseph, who represented his Minister, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, the Director of the School, Ibrahim Linjouom, situated the context within which the new programme has been conceived. In effect, the training programme sets out to respond to the exigencies of the new forestry law promulgated in 1994.

Financed by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) within the framework of the project "contribution to the development of competence and technical training structure for the Mbalmayo forestry school", the study has been realised by a team of experts from CIRAD-FORET, Montpellier, France.

As explained by the Inspector General, the new training programme will enable the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife to take up the challenge and attain some of the objectives of the new forestry policy. These include: the need to possess competent staff at all levels and fill the training vacuum in the application of the forestry policy.

Generally, the study proposes a draft road map training whose objective is to bring training closer to defined missions and tasks of actors. It also sets out to build the capacity of the staff of the school through training and refresher courses, and make operational diverse recommendations.

According to the new programme, a new training cycle (cycle A (BAC+3) for forestry engineers will be opened. Departments will be turned into training and research units and a module training system introduced in the school. The programme equally brings in innovations such as specialisations around professional projects, training of trainers plan, and capacity building.

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