UNESCO Education UIL

Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA), Cameroon

Réseau Ouest et Centre Africain de Recherche en Education (ROCARE)

ROCARE (Cameroon), founded in 1989 and legalized as an NGO in 1995, offers consulting services to organizations and ministries and has co–operated with UNICEF, the World Bank and UNESCO EFA Secretariat. Well–known for its research expertise on non–formal education ROCARE (Cameroon) attracts information seeking institutions from the Central African sub–region. Financial stringency makes it difficult to cope with the ever increasing information demand and to catch up with new information technology and modern documentation techniques. ROCARE (Cameroon) is, however, highly– motivated to co–operate with the Network of Networks hoping to be able to create an electronically–equipped adult education documentation and information centre specializing, for example, on gender issues, the girl child, adult and peace education or on environmental education for the benefit of all people in Cameroon.

Areas of Specialization:

Agriculture, Basic education, Economic and social development, Education, Gender issues, Literacy, Nonformal education, Peace education, Sustainable development

User Profile:

Students; teachers; animators; educational institutions; local communities

Contact Information


P.O. Box 6746

(+23–7) 994 36 00 or 231 60 22
Contact person:
Prof. Pierre Fonkoua

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
ROCARE/ERNWACA Regional Coordination, Bamako (Mali)
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, French


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Methods of Data Management

Methods of Data Processing
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Dissemination of research results to decision–makers and practitioners

Publications Produced

"Media and Education" 1998; "The Effects of Community Participation on Accessibility and Quality of Basic Education: The Case of Cameroun" 1997; "Education of Girls in Central Africa" 1996; "Jomtien – Five Years Later" 1995

Special Activities

Consulting services for ministries, NGOs, UNICEF, the World Bank local office, UNESCO; development of individual, institutional and governmental research capacities in the field of formal, non–formal and informal education; quality standard research for use by policy–makers, practitioners and communities; organization of seminars and conferences on education; evaluation of educational projects; counselling; preparation of a seminar on the definition of the concept of non–formal education in Cameroun (jointly with UNICEF and the Cameroon Government)


ACTIONAID; Indigenous Knowledge

Studies and Surveys

Impact of a basic education programme for teenage single mothers who dropped out of school; on mortality and illness of children aged 0–5 in rural areas; impact of cost management and cost recovery committees on basic education and primary health care (in co–operation with the World Bank); a study of parent–teacher associations and the associations of parents (in co–operation with the World Bank); empowerment of women through functional literacy of the girl child (with Ministry of Social and Women’s Affairs)

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Insufficient documentation; communication delays; lack of infrastructure for consultation of documents; financial stringencies

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Creation of a reading room; modernisation of research and documentation methods (indexing and cataloguing) in order to make the documents more accessible; participation in a national and international communication network via a ROCARE server in Cameroon

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

To act as an information mediator to local target persons and as a link to other networks in the Central African Sub–Region