Enko Education expands to Douala and Abidjan
Enko Education announced today its arrival in Douala, Cameroon, with the opening of Enko Bonanjo International School in September 2016. The news comes a week after the announcement of the opening of two new secondary schools in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The economic capital of Cameroon will thus be the fifth city to host yet another Enko Education Institution after Yaoundé (Cameroon), Maputo (Mozambique), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). “The demand from parents and students alike for a high quality education is considerable in Douala. Providing our programmes here is an obvious choice”, adds Eric Pignot, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Enko Education.
The new English-medium institution will welcome pupils from the equivalent of grade 7 (Form 1) to grade 13 (Upper Sixth) and prepare them for the International Baccalaureate diploma. “Enko Education students will receive, throughout their curriculum, quality education that will open the doors to the best universities in the world”, said Phyllis Hildebrandt, Head of Enko Bonanjo International School, who has been running IB international schools around the world namely in Canada, Ghana and Botswana.
Cyrille Nkontchou, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Enko Education explains: “This pan-African footprint is a source of wealth for children: starting this summer, Enko students from Yaoundé will join Enko students from Maputo in Johannesburg to gain a better understanding of the history of this country, and also to visit the campuses of two of the most prestigious universities in Africa: the University of Wits and the University of Johannesburg”. Enko Education plans to expand its network to thirty schools in twenty countries across Africa.
Young African talents are under-represented in the best universities of the world. In the United States alone, a census by UNESCO reveals 900,000 foreign students, of which only 31,000 originate from sub-Saharan Africa. Similarly, 100,000 students come from India, a country whose population size and GDP per capita are similar to those of sub-Saharan countries. This discrepancy stems from the inadequacy of traditional education and the high cost of schools of international standards. The Enko Education programmes are designed to provide African students with a launchpad to the best universities in the world.