Proprietor: His Grace, Mgr. Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua, Bamenda Archdiocese
Assisted By: Board of Governors, Education Secretary, Finance Secretary
St. Benedict Comprehensive College opened its doors in September 2010 with Rev. Fr Terence Chi as its pioneer principal. Catholic colleges in the Diocese of Bamenda are owned by the Bamenda Archdiocese. The Bishop of Bamenda is its proprietor.
Enrollment for 2015 and 2016 academic year was 350. There were 200 girls and 150 boys. St. Benedict’s Comprehensive College is within the St. Mathias Parish, Widikum. As a catholic school, St. Benedict follows the philosophy and the foundation attributes common to all catholic educational institutions and these include providing intellectual, moral, spiritual and physical formation of the child.
St. Benedict students have their own distinctive attributes. They are well behaved, very polite, and gentle and focused. The school administration mission is to build and inculcate in St. Benedict College, a tradition of well behaved students and to see them become moral giants in the society.
Although a young college, St. Benedict College has stood pound for pound with the giants of educational establishments in Cameroon by virtue of what the school has demonstrated in academics, sports, moral standards and physical attainments. Two batches have graduated from SABECC and have scored 100% and 97.5% respectively at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level examinations. The high school sent out its first batch in 2016 with an 88% pass at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level examinations.
St. Benedict goes a little further in that it is not just preparing children to achieve high academic performances but that its students are prepared so that they can fit into tomorrow’s world and its challenges. For this to happen, students are given the opportunity to meet the world that is out of the classroom, see it and carry out practical lessons.
Interactions and experiences gained have made it possible for our students to prepare a traditional alcoholic drink, the “shar”. They have also learned to produce body lotions. Some of the body lotion is used by the students themselves. In the school campus, our students have a poultry farm and a garden. They also keep goats. In this way, this hands-on approach makes our students self reliant. This approach will enable our graduates to feed themselves and hopefully become employers. The success of these programs can be attributed to the enabling environment provided by the auxiliary staff members, the cooks, the day and night watchmen as well as the teaching staff.
For all the glory, there are many unfulfilled needs. As a young school, St. Benedict needs the following:
• More classrooms
• A staff quarter on campus
• A Principal’s House on campus
• A school bus
• A Church for 1,000 worshippers
• Sports facilities (handball, football, tennis, indoor games facility etc for both boys and girls)
• A larger and befitting Science laboratory
• A library
• A Media Center
• A modern kitchen
• An administrative block including a Staff Room
The needs are so many and important that the Nunc Dimitis is sung each time one project is accomplished.
St. Benedicts Comprehensive College has:
• International Students, (there are students from Chad)
• For two consecutive years received awards as the Best College in Momo Division having scored 100% pass in the Commercial as well as the Grammar Sections of the GCE examinations in 2014. In 2015, it scored 100% pass in its Commercial Section and 97.5% in its Grammar section. The Awards were a recognition by the “International Teacher Day” Organization
• Had the best handball girls’ team repeatedly from Widikum sub division
• Muslims and Christians as an integral part of the student body
No. of teaching staff: 35
No. of auxiliary staff: 08
Administrative Staff: 05
Fees: moderate and can be paid in instalments or in kind. The School accepts farm produce (such as food, yam etc).
SABECC Widikum, a place to be
In the Archdiocese of Bamenda
Created in 2010 to mold and form
Young boys and girls in Truth and Love
To become instruments of Love in Truth
Caritas in Veritate, Love in truth
Caritas in Veritate
When we love in truth we love Jesus indeed
And become models of love in the world
In discipline we shall succeed
We shall be models of love in truth
Caritas Veritate, love in truth
Caritas in Veritate, Love in truth; alumni of SABECC Widikum
O God, bless our teachers and those who care for us
O God, bless our parents and benefactors and be our refuge
O God bless SABECC WIDIKUM, Amen, Amen
Composer: Tabe Clementine
Class: Lower Sixth, Arts
St. Benedict Comprehensive College
Address: PO Box 2, Widikum, Momo Division, NW Region, Cameroon
Principal: Rev. Fr. Gilbert Fuka
Telephone: (+237) 679 934 336