DOUALA – CAMEROON – FEBRUARY 9, 2012. The Royal Life Saving Society – Cameroon Branch’ President Justin Bakinga and his team members visited the Government Secondary School (GSS) of PK 21 in Douala’s economical capital city’s suburb on Thursday morning, February 09, 2012.
Justin and his team mate visited the school to sensitize and educate school children about water safety and drowning prevention and to train them in basic life-support for drowning prevention and lifesaving purposes.
This first visit in this school was successful and a materialization of RLSS – Cameroon Branch’s National effort for child drowning prevention, water safety and lifesaving education and training as well as a demonstration of its leadership in Central and West Africa Region in child drowning prevention, water safety, survival swimming and lifesaving.
The training was held within the school premises, it was the first of this kind to be organized in Douala as well as in Cameroon soon after the first International water safety and survival swimming teachers training course held in Kribi last January 09 – 14, 2012.
The overall number of school children who were present at this first educational visit is 113 children. At the end of the visit, children were given feedback sheets and were ask to fill them in and to return them to RLSS – Cameroon’s team members who visited the school. According to RLSS – Cameroon Branch’s President Justin Bakinga, all children from this school are eager to learn water safety, survival swimming skills and lifesaving skills, to be lifesavers and prevent other children drowning in the near future. In the same feedback, these children would like to be RLSS – Cameroon Branch’s member to help saving lives and preventing drowning.
RLSS – Cameroon Branch’s President Justin Bakinga has great hope for the future development of the Society, of its child drowning prevention, water safety education, survival swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding, life-support and resuscitation training within Cameroon.
The President of RLSS – Cameroon Branch, Justin Bakinga expresses great thanks and appreciation to RLSS – Commonwealth – Lifesaving, ILS, IFSTA, STA, RNLI, , RLSS – Australia, Lifeguards Without Borders, RLSS – Canada Rebecca Wear Robinson (save kids and jabari) and Todd Read for their help and full support to drowning prevention effort in Cameroon and West Africa Region.
RLSS – Cameroon Branch started drowning prevention, water safety education, and lifesaving training programmes in Cameroon from the scratch. To develop lifesaving programmes effectively within Cameroon, Central and West Africa Region, the Society is relying on the help and support from more advanced and more developed lifesaving organisations from around the world.
Justin Bakinga RLSS – Cameroon Branch President