University education for the society of tomorrow
In Cameroon, corruption, rising living costs, unemployment and terrorist attacks by Boko Haram threaten social cohesion. Since 2016, a conflict between separatists in the Anglophone regions and the Francophone central government has escalated, causing civil war-like conditions in the Anglophone part of Cameroon. Against this background, good academic and context-based training of qualified theologians is crucial. The theological seminary in Kumba (PTS) and the theological faculty in Yaoundé (PUCA) train theologians in ecumenical openness, with reference to the Cameroonian tradition and the current social reality. The innovative, interdisciplinary programmes and approaches on eco-theology, peace and trauma healing empower students to become "agents of change" in their churches and communities. They ensure that churches use their potential in the midst of crisis to give people hope and offer assistance.
Cameroon's society is undergoing rapid change. A young, fast-growing population is moving from the countryside to the cities in search of work - often for nothing, even more so since the Corona pandemic and the conflict in the Anglophone region. Both the separatist groups in the Anglophone part and terrorist organisations like Boko Haram are becoming attractive to some Cameroonian youths without prospects because of their financial incentives and group dynamics. The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) wants to give pastors and lay people sound academic training and further education so that they can face the challenges in the country and at the same time have an active impact on society as "agents of change", especially in the project area which has been severely affected by the conflict.