POI– We are grateful to feature a great social entrepreneur , an advocate for social change , an ardent voice for gender equity and justice, an indisputable example of girl child creativity ,a resilient fighter of citizens’ rights , a photo journalist and determined volunteer whose works touch many lives in corridors of Cameroon , beyond the bridges of Yaoundé up until beyond the mountains into other African countries and the entire world. Fideline is a fast rising International advocate of people’s rights and an agent of humanitarianism . Meet Fideline Mboringong and drink from her honeycomb of creativity , resilience and inspiration. Contact us as always at email@example.com
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What is your greatest life, Academic, Artistic, Creative. Achievements.
My greatest life achievement will be the lives I have been able to touch or influence through my different engagements. The smile on their faces is what gives me the greatest fulfilment. Just knowing I have been of positive influence and directed someone in the right direction is good enough.
I am still to set my record regarding my artistic and creative achievement. However, as a photographer in training, I want to use my pictures to tell the stories of people that are voiceless and places.
For my academic achievement, it will be getting my first paper published. It was looking at “Balancing Extractive Activities and Biodiversity Conservation in the Congo Basin: Opportunities for Green Growth”
What roles are you playing in transforming your communities?
I believe each and everyone has a role to play in the development of our communities, countries and the world at large.
Coming from a humble background, with an environment full of challenges and realities like poverty, teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, I wanted to contribute in changing that. I have a passionate for motivating young girls to be the best of themselves.
I volunteer my services in different areas to contribute in transforming my community.
I work as a partnership coordinator on a program known as HerStory Initiative; a program that improves and empowers the lives of girls around the world through storytelling, creative expression, literacy and mentorship. It creates opportunities for women and girls to share their stories through LitClubs. Often students are so stressed in school with strict curriculums to follow, lots of information to assimilate and sometimes afraid to ask the wrong because they are afraid of been judged or laughed out.
The LitClubs give the students an out of the typical classroom environment where students feel free to express themselves through arts and creative writing. LitClubs provide safe and structured opportunity for girls to learn how to tell stories that empower them, and to meet with a mentor to strengthen their own voices. LitClubs are structured around LitWorld’s 7 Strengths: belonging, curiosity, kindness, friendship, confidence, courage and hope.
We believe that these are basic skills that learners need to be resilient in the society. It prepares them to be able to overcome challenge in their lives and society an aspect that our education system often misses. Through this initiative we have been able to reach out to over 120 girls and boys.
We even had the opportunity of taking one of the girls to the United States of America to attend the 2nd HerStory summit that took place alongside the Commission on the status of women (CSW61). This exchange program gave her a completely different perspective about life, culture through her interactions with people from different areas especially because this was her first time leaving her country. With knowledge and resources gained from the summit she already implementing a community project to improve on girls education and livelihoods
I believe these are experiences that could bring about change in young learners, giving wings to their ideas that should be included in education programs especially.
I am also a World at School Global Youth ambassador (A World at School is a rapidly expanding, new digital platform for youth activism and online campaigning for universal education). Through this initiative, I have taken part in several education campaigns like the safe schools campaign, the UpForSchool campaign that got thousands of signatures calling on governments to take urgent action to get every child into school and learning. In addition, I engage on action locally for the access of education for all children.
Also on several platforms, I am advocating for participation of youth in decision-making processes.
What are your future prospect in your career and your life.
I am looking at setting up a foundation that is focused on promoting creativity and talents for young girls and boys as diversion from social ills. I am motivated in mentoring young girls so that they become dynamic and innovative leaders in their communities thereby contributing in decision-making and community building. I want to travel the world doing this.
I want to be able to tell the stories of ordinary people and places through my pictures.
What is your parting shot to fellow women and girls?
Do not let gender or society define you, identify your purpose on earth and go for it. Invest your time and energy in the things that make you happy and fulfilled. Create even if it is just a little change on earth, for no effort is too little. There will always be challenges, do not give up, learn from the experiences. At the end, you will be grateful you did not give up. Chase your dreams for there is no stopping you. Be supportive of fellow women and girls on your path.
Fideline Mboringong has a Masters in International Relations from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon and Ca Foscari in Italy. She is an environment, education and gender advocate. She is passionate about environment protection, community development, empowering girls and youth. She has over 8 years of experience in community service, has actively developed, and executed projects on development, education, environment, gender and sexual reproductive health. She is HerStory Campaign Partnership Coordinator for Cameroon. An initiative that supports girls in creating lives of freedom and fulfillment through dynamic mentor-ship. She is also a member of the CIVICUS Alliance Youth Action Team, TheirWorld Global Youth Ambassador. She volunteers for Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), a pan-African, action-oriented, youth-led movement that believes in the active participation and leadership of African youth to transform Africa and achieve their rights to peace and social justice.