In a bid to assist the underprivileged within the Kumbo community, NAVTI Foundation focuses on computer education and computer skills as means to transform lives. NAVTI Foundation believes that computer education is a good poverty alleviation tool, as it allows underprivileged individuals to acquire new skills that can be used to generate income for themselves and their families.
This field offers wide avenues for employment and is a skill which is widely needed to advance communication in our modern world. Our program focuses on crating computer literacy programs in rural areas, as well as more developed regions.
This ICT program is jointly managed with our partner SBIGWEB Common Initiative Group. Our information and communication training programs take place at community computer training centres.
The first training centre is located in Tobin, Kumbo where we offer computer software packages such as MS Excel, MS Word, PageMaker, MS PowerPoint, and other basic computer education software. We offer a variety of programs, including 1, 3 and 6 month courses. We have a strong staff and are looking forward to expanding our services to prepare our students for C+, N+ and Microsoft certifications in the near future.
With the support of Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), PARMED Germany, ICEA Hong Kong, caritas Hong Kong, GIFT HK, Cathay pacific Hong Kong, we received over 1000 computers of which we donated some to schools and some to computer centers throughout Bui Division and North West region of Cameroon as a whole. These centers, in a bid to improve computer literacy, have trained over 4000 students, both part and full-time. We have organized short training programs for most head of services around our administrative units including secretaries of various offices, teachers, groups which last from 1 week to 3 months and refresher courses for part time personnel. These programs have trained approximately 475 staff from different organizations.
Over holiday periods we teach classes for students on basic computer knowledge and as an alternative means of them occupied during break. We have trained 10 disabled students and HIV/AIDS orphaned students for free.
However, we still lack sufficient infrastructure, and are always in need of additional computers to distribute to schools for their ICT projects and to other less privileged towns and rural areas.