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Un lycéen camerounais aux portes de Yale

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Un lycéen de Yaoundé vient d’être admis par anticipation à la grande université de la côte est américaine. À 17 ans, il devient le premier Camerounais à réussir l’exploit depuis une quinzaine d’années.

La banderole s’affiche au fronton du bâtiment principal d’Enko La Gaieté International School de Yaoundé : « Nous célébrons l’admission de notre apprenant Fred Jr Ebongue Makolle à Yale. »

Loin d’être anodin, le fait mérite plutôt d’être relevé. Il faut remonter à une quinzaine d’années pour trouver un Camerounais admis à la prestigieuse université de la côte Est américaine, selon Enko qui cite les archives digitales du service des admissions de Yale.

3% d’étudiants africains

Consultées par Jeune Afrique, les statistiques d’admission de l’université, parmi les plus cotées du Nord-Est des États-Unis, montrent que 3,76% des 2 021 étudiants étrangers inscrits en premier cycle étaient africains en 2016. Seul un provenait du Cameroun, au côté d’un étudiant en provenance du Congo-Brazzaville, un du Sénégal et deux du Maroc.

Le choix de Yale s’est imposé en août 2016, au Zimbabwe. Fils unique de fonctionnaires dans les services de la Primature, Fred Jr Ebongue Makolle fait partie de la centaine d’élèves africains invités par l’université pour suivre son programme annuel d’été sur le leadership. « J’ai rencontré des étudiants et enseignants de Yale qui ne m’ont dit que du bien [de l’université] », indique le jeune Camerounais.

Sa performance est d’autant remarquable que le frêle adolescent de 17 ans, au visage anguleux, moustache et barbe naissantes, fait partie des 795 postulants sur plus de 5 000 à avoir franchi l’obstacle de l’early action (inscription anticipée en ligne), première phase du concours d’entrée qui se déroule en novembre.

En dehors des trois lettres de recommandation de ses enseignants, le lycéen a rempli un long questionnaire sur ses motivations et ses connaissances en mathématiques et en anglais. Il a également dû transmettre ses notes de classe et son plan d’activités extra-scolaires.

Une formation en anglais

Pendant ce long processus de sélection, l’élève a eu à raconter une expérience marquante de sa vie. En août 2014, trois camarades et lui comptent parmi la première promotion à intégrer Enko La Gaieté. Ils ont l’idée de venir en aide aux pensionnaires d’un orphelinat situé à côté de leur école, où ils veulent distribuer des aliments et des friandises.

Début 2015, ils organisent une quête, en mettant à contribution les élèves du complexe scolaire La Gaieté qui jouxte leur établissement. « Nous avons été bien reçus dans certaines classes et moins bien dans d’autres », se rappelle-t-il. Un épisode inoubliable pour le gamin. « J’ai pleuré le jour de la remise des présents, tant le moment était chargé d’émotions en discutant avec les pensionnaires, certains étaient nos aînés. Et nous n’en revenions pas d’avoir réussi une telle entreprise », confesse Fred Junior.

L’expérience est révélatrice des particularités de la formation dispensée en anglais par Enko, le groupe panafricain d’écoles secondaires internationales, présent au Cameroun, en Côte d’Ivoire, en Afrique du sud et au Mozambique.

« Outre la transmission des savoirs, on forme l’humain en lui inculquant au moins une dizaine de valeurs que chacun se charge de mettre en pratique en permanence », résume Fred Jr Ebongue Makolle.

Dans cet établissement, un élève choisit généralement six matières. Pour son année de terminale, le jeune Camerounais a opté pour les mathématiques, la physique, la chimie, l’économie, la littérature et le français — la philosophie étant obligatoire pour tous. Il a l’obligation de creuser un thème dans chaque matière, sur lequel il doit faire un exposé de douze pages. Avant l’écriture d’un mémoire de 4 000 mots à la fin de son cursus, en mai.

Deux millions de F CFA par an

Un programme chargé, qui coûte deux millions de F CFA par an. Fred Jr Ebongue Makolle, lui, bénéficie d’une bourse d’Enko couvrant la moitié du montant. « Humble, travailleur et très exigeant, au point de pratiquement harceler ses enseignants dès qu’il est confronté à une difficulté », rappelle Georges Abah Mendi, le responsable des admissions aux universités étrangères qui a eu Fred Jr Ebongue Makolle comme élève dans son cours d’histoire.

Son admission anticipée à Yale ne deviendra définitive que s’il obtient son baccalauréat international en mai. « J’ai de très bonnes notes [42 points sur 47 possibles au début de février, ndlr] et suis confiant » assure-t-il.

L’apprenant pourra alors rejoindre le Connecticut en août, doté d’une bourse de 182 000 dollars octroyée par Yale, et couvrant ses frais de scolarité à 92% pendant les quatre prochaines années.

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Department : EXTERNAL RELATIONS, ADVOCACY AND COMMUNICATIONS (ERAC) Location : Nairobi, Kenya Responsible to : Lead Specialist: Grants Management, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Closing date: 10th August 2021 1. JOB PURPOSE This is a key entry-level role within the external relations, advocacy, and communications portfolio. Amongst other key tasks, the postholder will contribute to ensuring that the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region Office’s (IPPF ARO) External Relations, Advocacy and Communication (ERAC) Department strategically competes and wins bids and tenders that will support the delivery of IPPF ARO’s mandate. The postholder will work under the supervision of the Lead Specialist: Grants Management, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation, together with the Specialist: Donors Relations and Partnership Building, and the Specialist: Grants Management. S/he will support resource mobilization and grants management, including the development and writing of project proposals, budgets, narrative and financial reports, contributing to the production of quality and timely funding proposals, donor reports, and other external communication materials. The postholder will be part of IPPF Youth Professionals Program (YPP); through which the IPPF ARO provides a unique opportunity to persons aged between 24 and 32 years, and who are nationals of an African country, to start a professional career within the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and in other areas relevant to IPPF. 2. KEY TASK a) Support the development of high-quality proposals to be submitted both to institutional donors and to trusts and foundations, and especially lead on budget development. b) Support procurement processes, especially with regards to the recruitment of external consultants. c) Conduct desk-research, write situational analyses and prepare relevant information as needed, to respond to bid opportunities. d) Support grants management, keeping track of reporting and contributing to narrative and financial reports. e) Overseeing administrative functions for the team, such as invoicing, accounting, reporting, etc., to ensure successful execution of grant processes. f) Undertake any other responsibilities which are commensurate with a role of this nature, which have been discussed and agreed with the line manager; and g) Uphold the values, ethics and culture of IPPF ARO and be an ambassador for the Federation. 3. PERSON SPECIFICATION EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
  • The postholder must be a national of an African country and between 24 and 32 years old at the date of application.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in a relevant area for the post is essential. A Master's Degree is desirable.
  • Fluency in English and French with excellent oral and written communication skills in both languages is essential.
  • A minimum of one year of work experience relevant to the job description i.e., in the fields of finance, resource mobilization, grants management, advocacy or health - in particular aspects of sexual and reproductive health and rights -, is desirable.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office is essential. Experience of Netsuite is desirable.
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  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for ensuring universal access to healthcare for all and SRHR in particular is desirable.
  • Experience of studying or working outside of the home country is an advantage.
  • Willingness to work in multicultural environments and ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs. The post holder must show tolerance and acceptance of different views and opinions.
  • Willing to work outside standard office hours as required.
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  • Essential: Excellent organizational and time-management skills to meet tight deadlines.
  • Essential: Good budgeting and financial skills.
  • Essential: Discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Desirable: A rights-based, gender-sensitive approach.
  • Desirable: Understanding of development issues, especially SRHR.
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  • Excellent interpersonal skills: articulate, tactful and diplomatic.
  • Flexible/team player with ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Understanding of, and a commitment to, safeguarding international human rights, in a local and international context.
  • Shows awareness of and demonstrates sensitivity to the multi-cultural environment in which IPPF operates.
  • Supportive of a woman’s right to choose and to have access to safe abortion services.
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly in the region (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
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  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a competency-based interview which may be followed by a desk review and/or an assessment exercise.
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