Bana Barka

Cameroon (Maroua)

Term: February 2021 - February 2025

Bana is one of three INEE Country Focal Points for Cameroon. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé and holder of a Doctorate in African Literature, he is the author of half a dozen articles on Cameroonian literature. Bana is currently a Teacher-Researcher at the École Normale Supérieure de Maroua, in the Department of Bilingual Languages. In addition to languages, he is interested in issues related to education in emergencies and child protection. As a consultant, he has conducted numerous investigations on behalf of international organizations, notably on the identification of barriers that limit refugee childrens' access to education and on the inclusion of vulnerable groups in the prevention of violent extremism. Member of the Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Paix, Sécurité et Intégration (CERPSI) and Coordinator of the Nexus Peace & Education Association, he has devoted several studies to the Koranic school and the difficulties of adaptation of this institution in the states of the Lake Chad Basin. Co-author of three books on the security crisis caused by the Boko Haram group, he is pursuing a Master II in Peace and Security, with a thesis focused on security in crisis situations and its impact on education in the Far North region. Bana is Cameroonian and speaks Msir and French.