The school gate is wide open, repairs are done on some desks, and gutters around the school are being cleaned. The start of the new academic year is in three weeks and officials of CRES -Centre de reeducation des enfants sourds- are busy cutting the Ts and dotting the Is. It is a weekday and parents like every open school day, come in to either get information or begin the registration process to secure a place for their disabled kids. “Registration has begun, though timid. Many parents come for enquiry”, Robert Nyat headmaster of CRES.
The centre situated at Ancien étage Newbell in the Douala 2 sub division, is specialized in the education and reintegration of deaf and dumb children. Created in 1986, CRES has known its ups and down with parents expressing skepticism as per the education of their children. But Robert Nyat reassures
“CRES is a specialized school which guarantees excellent education. 90% of the teaching staff is from state training institution ENIEG. We have recruited well qualified teachers who give in their best for the children to feel safe”.
CRES in detail
Enrollment like in every other school is done progressively only here, the administration is more tolerant with parents giving them September from school resumption till March to complete the school fee of their children. The school had a 100% success rate at the 2020 FSLC. CRES has 5 primary and 2 nursery sections for deaf, 1 nursery and 3 primary sections for dumb, carpentry, sewing, plastic art workshops and a multimedia hall for all pupils. This according to the headmaster “will enable them learn practical skills which could ease their integration in everyday life once they leave school“.