Multiculturalism: Stakeholders identify ingredients for a strong national identity

A two day colloquium on the promotion of multiculturalism organised by the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism has begun in Yaounde this Wednesday 24th February 2019.

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NCPBM Yaounde colloquium

Deliberations of the two day event are taking place on the theme “Cameroonian multiculturalism at the crossroads: Between Tradition and Modernity.”

Members of government, civil society leaders and members of the diplomatic corp are part of the assembly organised to seek ways of building a strong Cameroonian cultural identity.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the chairman of the Commission, Peter Mafany Musonge said the platform will help establish a situation report on multiculturalism threatened by deviant practices in the name of modernism.

Multiculturalism: Context of the colloquium

Since the creation of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (NCPBM), emphasis has been placed on just one aspect;  bilingualism.

The 2019 plan of action for the NCPBM focusses on being responsible for the promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism in Cameroon with a view to maintaining peace.

The NCPBM now turns to other aspects geared at consolidating the country’s national unity and strengthening its people’s willingness to live together.

By the end of the colloquium, experts are expected to table the following:

# Establish a report presenting the situation of Cameroon’s multiculturalism.

# identify minority groups

# Make proposals for a sound inter-cultural dialogue.

# Expound on the role of national languages and the need for it to be thought in schools as another means to promote multiculturalism.

# Propose solutions for the establishment of a Cameroonian national identity

# Carry out a survey and examine Cameroon’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

By the time the colloquium ends on Thursday 25th April 2019, participants will table a national strategic plan and a draft law on multiculturalism to be forwarded to the President of the Republic.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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