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Hope College

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Fall 2006

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Cameroon: Development and Social Change


This paper will be a look at adult women’s literacy specifically in Ngaoundéré, Adamaoua, Cameroon. I will begin by placing Cameroon’s illiteracy rates into a global context. I will then define what literacy is, why it is essential to development, how it benefits women particularly, and what women are affected and why. This will be done through a combination of scholarly research and interviews with women participants of the project of “Les Femmes Royales du Lamidat.” I hope to create a setting and a face of one of development’s most pressing issues by letting the women’s words speak for themselves. The paper will conclude with a section on ideas for how women’s literacy efforts could be improved by incorporating the use of new and different resources.


International and Comparative Education


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