As of now out of the 24.05 million in Cameroon , 7.8 million people are connected to the internet(Source=Hootsuite and We Are Social).
“Two decades ago in Cameroon, we could count the number of people who used the internet by hand pointing”.
Information and communications technology (ICT) has grown over the past decade thanks to the mobile telephone revolution and the exponential growth of the Internet.
In 2016, Cameroonian companies met 14.4% of their turnover through orders received via the Internet, the National Statistics Institute (INS)
In Cameroon, Internet seems to be a major development instrument within the corporate world. According to the INS survey, 9 companies out of 10 (92.3% of survey sample) have an Internet connection.
This helps the companies expand activities through websites and digital applications, making it possible to receive orders via the Internet to boost revenues.
However other sectors like the educational sector, agriculture, health are not yet benefiting in ICT.
The Cameroonian government in the face of Internet development
The Cameroonian government is responsible for the entire national policy on ICT development. But it has created specific institutions to oversee the implementation of this policy. The National Agency for Information and Communication Technology (Agence Nationale des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication, ANTIC) is responsible for
- Security intelligence
- Promotion of ICT development
- Electronic certification
- Security audit
- Management of internet resources
Over the recent years, ANTIC has organised serveral forums on ICT development in Cameroon. This year the fourth forum themed “Technological Innovations at the service of education’’ from 11th to 13th of march, taking place in the SAWA Hotel in Bonanjo, Douala caught the attention of Visionary Technologies Company (VTC).
Within the framework of this forum ICT innovators had the chance to present their solutions and applications developed for the advancement of Cameroon’s educational sector to the educational community. 9 start-ups were invited to present.
To give an example
Why a forum on the contribution of Technology in the educational sector in Cameroon?
The educational sector in Cameroon just like other developing countries face dozens of problems . One of the biggest challenges in the education system of Cameroon is the gap between available resources and its distribution within the various regions in the country. These resources include the available professional, well-trained and well-supported teachers and their distribution within the Cameroonian territory.
These problems hinder the progress & development of Cameroon reason why the government of Cameroon through Ministries of Education-higher , Private sector and even international organizations like the UNESCO have within their pla
Government and the international community have made progress on getting children into
school, but significant work remains to be done.
VTC’s contributions to the Digital economy … of Cameroon starting with the Educational Sector
Having studied & understood the market, we've identified two sectors whose challenges are hindrances to developmental growth especially in Cameroon.
(Remark : we need a linking phase here that brings sims into the picture)
SIMS®, a community project which recently won a 5000 USD seed funding from Tony Elumelu Foundation 2019 , West Africa Innovation Awards 2019 and 2019 Global EdTech Startup Awards Africa Finalist.
Inline with SDG4, SIMS® is a cross-platform app for students, teachers & school administrators which helps to identify, create and connect all learners with the resources and tools needed to reach their full education, career & business potential even without Internet or Smart Phones in conflict & crisis areas across the world.
More information about SIMS Project https://www.sims.cm
During the forum Q/A, VTC through its Managing Director asked the following questions