Berlin Trip Winner, Susana Epiepang on MOOCing her way to Democracy

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We at Team iversity are really excited to announce the winner of our recent Study Anywhere competition, Susana Epiepang!

Thanks to her hard work, learning on iversity and spreading the online education message, Susana is now the lucky winner of an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin. This means that later this year she will be jetting off from Cameroon to join us in the city that iversity calls home. Here she will get to meet the iversity founders, whilst staying in a luxury hotel in the heart of the city.

susanaberlintripedit2 smallerThe lottery couldn’t have picked a more worthy winner. Susana currently runs the Agape Love Cameroon Association (ALCA) and is keen to use her trip to form connections with European organisations. One of the objectives of her organisation is to teach Cameroonians about subjects such as Democracy, Good Governance and Human Rights. She also works for the Election Management Body in Cameroon, upholding the fairness of the electoral system there. Susana has taken the certificate track in iversity’s “EU and Global Governance” course and is currently working her way through “International Relations to Global Politics“. Courses which have helped Susana build up the knowledge she needs to run her NGO. A perfect example of how MOOCs can really make a difference when it comes to learning new skills whilst working.

“Studying is my hobby, and I would like to see others approach it in this way. I am never tired of studying and mostly take courses that are related to my area of work.”

We had a chat with Susana to find out more about her work, and how she felt when she realised she had won first prize.

Hi Susana! First of all, congratulations on winning the trip. How did you feel when you found out?

I couldn’t believe it was real! My husband and I took a while to come around to the fact that I might have actually won something. It’s a dream come true and I really can’t wait to see the sights of Berlin and hopefully further the aims of my organisation ACLA.

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Susana at ALCA with her iversity Certificate

 

Could you tell us a little more about your work with ACLA, what are you currently working on?

Yes, of course.  Our aim at present is to help and empower women to vote.  We meet with women who have reached the voting age threshold (20 years old here in Cameroon) to facilitate their registration into the Voters’ Register. We do this by sponsoring their application for their National Identity Card and by bringing a mobile registration centre to their door steps. Making it as easy as possible for these women to take part in the democratic process.

What are your plans for the future of ACLA?

We are looking to build a site of our own to minimise cost, and encourage Cameroonians to take courses related to Democracy, Good Governance and Human Rights both online and face-to-face. We are partnering with online schools which offer courses in these domain, and they are quite
prepared for it.

Our dream is seeing the ALCA owning its own training site, where both face-to-face and online courses are being taught by retired Election Cameroon workers as well as guest facilitators. We want to organise elections for organisations and churches as well as any community wishing to have a free and fair electoral process for their activities.

What role do you feel MOOCs have played in achieving your goals?

If it wasn’t for the fact that I am involved in such major projects, I would have loved to do all
the courses that were relevant to my career, as there are many! These MOOCs are such wonderful online communities, and it is this that has made them really enjoyable. The instructors are very professional and, whilst the course is free of charge, they have high standards when it comes to completing homework and tasks. This combination of interaction and professional instructors has driven me to do really well and carry my knowledge into my work.

Thank you for your time Susana, we can’t wait to meet you when you visit Berlin!