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Boosting Imaginative Abilities in Children is the Best Form Of Education - German Volunteer

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By Ignatius Nji

Peter Hecht, an artist/painter, carver, sculptor, musician with specialty in Spanish music, says each time he tries to think deep and bring out a new idea either on canvass, on wood, on a stone or in music form, it makes him so happy and fulfilled.

This German Volunteer who was in Cameroon and had working sessions with children in the domain of arts, carving and sculpture said, boosting the power or imagination in children is the best form of education. To him a child can only grow fast when that child is allowed to explore his or her imagination. The education of reciting, cramming and reproducing people's ideas and thoughts which most often donot reflect the reality of today's world are all obsolete.

During his brief stay in the restive Northwest Region of Cameroon in May and mid June 2019, precisely in Bamenda at the Center for Appropriate Technology CAT located at the Bamenda handicraft center, Mr. Hecht had some arts and craft sessions with a group of children below 15 years. These children were coached on how to explore their inner thoughts and feeling and bring them out in drawing using various colours.

This study programme was as a resultof the cooperation between CAT and DGFK, It was dubbed artist-in-residence-programme.

Designs were demonstrated on walls, floors, and terrace and on cardboards and canvass. Peter, who has soft spot for animals both on land in the water, also had sessions with some carvers and sculptors introducing the use of flame on wood to produce dark coloured sea orchid. He was able to savor some brass work with a Bamenda based brass smith. All along the children were given the opportunity identify with various forms of art in their own opinion of what they perceive.

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Due to the current situation, the activities have to be flexible.

The Voluntary Peter Hecht works of art with children of Kids Club on creative designs, which are displayed in the restaurant of the Arts and Crafts Center.

The equipment installed for CAT's Royal Rehabilitation Centre under Appropriate Technology has been repaired.
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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch arrived again in Cameroon

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Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch arrived again in Cameroon with specific agenda. 

In the first meeting with Mr Victor from CAT (NGO) in NW Region, they discussed the situation in the Bush Hospital in Alahkie and what can be done for the training of nursing staff for the BU.

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Building Practice over Time

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by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, IPC, FPAC 

Notes on building in rural areas, incl. historic preservation

The protection against the wrongs of nature has always been the topic of construction.- yesterday, today and probably tomorrow!

In non-industrialized times, one used the available resources of the respective environment. Due to growing population and concentration, resources were increasingly used up and destroyed.

In the micro-area of ​​construction, dwellings are created, in the eyes of the builders, for a long period of time. This period was reduced over the course of the century, because the rule was meant to be generational; the growing elite built its buildings for many generations - meanwhile it has been reduced to one generation.
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About the basic misconception of NGO projects

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By Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC, FPAC, FBTC, DGFK

NGO projects are non-profit ventures, i.e. altruistic projects. The critical viewer quickly realizes whether the project is financially beneficial to the circle of contributors or a family.

If the facility is useful for a family and it finances the life of this family, which also applies to large families, so they should honestly convert it into private limited company.

The project carriers and the supporters of the project normally do not share this view, for which there are two reasons:

- the project carriers, the users and the suppliers, are simply too connected to each other to recognize this fact, and
- The supporters are too superficial, so that the of concealment is not perceived.

Another widespread problem is the inability of the participants to identify themselves as a project in the global and increasingly uniform world.

This means:

- Unknowingly, economic opportunities are transferred from A to B. These possibilities were in the past the results of colonialism, in the present it is the short-sighted spread of standards of so-called industrialized countries to the so-called developing countries.

Now it could be argued that life in a country is never one-sided, and in every country there is a gap between the upper and lower classes.

That is true, but the purpose of NGO projects is not to participate in the transfer of external values, but to preserve the peculiarities of the local values.

If this purpose is not shared by the project carriers, who operate under the cloak of selflessness, then the transformation into a serious private limited company should be undertaken and the principles of profit maximization followed.

The voluntary work, which was part of the long-term project work in various countries, was therefore discontinued and commercial consultation on usual rules for international business were offered.

Even if the above argument may seem antisocial to the reader, the rule remains: one and one is two, - not more, but also not less!

A wrong must be named as wrong!

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Special Guests

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Moses Mill

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Other information (Slide Show, movies, pictures) are available for exhibition and or research.

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Centre for Appropriate Technology

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CAT has decided to further develop its Handicraft and Appropriate Technology sectors.

The production of dolls continues independently, but an additional area is to be opened in which the art (program with Central European artists) is included and artists in residence work for their own projects, but also with local artisans and the KidsClub.

Concerning the KidsClub, targeted events can take place in the Baptist Conference Center in Nwen.
The Royal Development Corporation will also offer targeted training seminars in the conference area of Mbegwi Monastery, which is safer and accessible to those interested.

A special event will be the Slide Show Moses Mill in the Alliance Francaise, in which the activities of the network will be shown in about 20 posters. Relevant discussions were held between the AF Director, PDP and the CAT Director.

CAT and BUST (Bamenda University of Science and Technology)

The ongoing cooperation with the University was further strengthened through a visit. Renewable energy is not a technical but a comprehensive issue. The pending publication of PDP might be of interest to the BUST, - in the publication there is still the possibility of a message from the university.

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