Every African child must have access to Education. Jean Martial

This week we’re in Central African Republic (CAR),  a landlocked country in central Africa. CAR is known for its significant mineral deposits and resources like uranium reserves, crude oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, lumber, and hydro power.



When I met Jean Martial, I noticed he was a man of few words but was thoroughly impressed by the thousands of lives he is transforming in his country.

He is a young African leader who was born and bred in CAR. His father passed on when he was a little boy and his mother had to raise the family as a single parent. He says his mother opened his eyes to how powerful and strong women are.  I totally agree with you Jean.


When growing up, Jean witnessed enormous challenges in his country. He particularly hated the civil war. He however chose to focus on the potential, resources and opportunities in his country.

Jean has a Masters degree in Telecommunications at the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon.  He has worked in the Telecommunication industry for over seven years and over three years in the non-profit sector.


Jean after observing that many children did not have access to basic education, started an Association whose aim is to protect disadvantaged children and enroll them in schools.

They also train and equip parents in running income generating activities in order to meet the educational needs of their children.

Starting the project was not easy for Jean. He confesses no one believed him when he pitched his idea but he did not give up.

When I  talked to people about my idea, they didn’t believe in me. But I didn’t give up. They now believe in the successful project that is changing many lives.

Jean is constantly looking for ways to improve his leadership skills. He says that getting selected for the competitive YALI RLC EA progra is a true confirmation that he is transforming his community.


His wish is for African youth to believe that everything in life is possible. That they should look and benefit from Africa’s Independence, education and development.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.  It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up knowing that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running young Africans.

In the next 10 years, Martial hopes to be part of the successful African leaders who will be transforming and empowering millions of lives.


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