The virtual platform to connect young people to development opportunities, “Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative” will be officially launched on December 9, 2019 at the Yaounde Multi Sports Complex.
The concept that seeks to put youths at the centre of national development will link youths to the corporate world to discover the potential fields of employment.
The contours of the initiative were presented to the public during a joint press conference organized ahead of the official launch of Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative.
It was granted by:
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutso,
The Minister of Communication and Government’s spokesperson, Rene Emmanuel Said,
The Resident Representative of United Nations Development Program to Cameroon, UNDP, Jean Luc Stalon,
The President of the Cameroon National Youth Council, Fadimatou Iyawa Ousmanou
In a preliminary statement the Minister of Communication pointed out government’s resolve to launch Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative on Monday December 9, 2019.
He said that the event will be organised under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya.
The officially launching ceremony shall be presided over by the Prime Minister – Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute.
“Youth Connekt is an African initiative launched in 2012 in Rwanda to connect young people with their role models, young peers, available resources, expert skills and various economic, civic and political opportunities offered by a number of actors.
It also seeks to maximize their empowerment and facilitate their full participation in development.”
The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsouso explain at the press conference.
He said Cameroon has many role models and most of them especially youths and successful business persons adhere to Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative in the country and in the diaspora.
“The Youth Connekt village at the Yaounde Multi Sports Complex will be busy with a series of events from the 6th to 9th December 2019.
Some of the main activities will include:
the Youth Connekt cultural evening, exhibitions, fairs, a mega concert, panel discussions, cutting of the ribbon of the Youth Connekt village by the Prime Minister and a meeting with funding partners.
“Prior to the press conference, consultations had been carried out in the country’s four cultural zones in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and the Cameroon National Youth Council to gather information on the aspirations of the Cameroonian youth who are the main beneficiaries of virtual platform.
The President of the Cameroon National Youth Council told the media men and women that the Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative is being launched as a response to different challenges and aspirations of the Youth.”
She said that Initiative wil equip youths with the skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the employment and entrepreneurship opportunities that their environment offers for self development and the advancement of their communities”
She noted that virtual platform which is contextualised seeks to connect all youths from High school to University, urban to rural areas, girls and youths with disabilities”
The young people will also be able connect with role models like
Footballer legend, Samuel Eto’o who is Ambassador of YouthConnekt Cameroon Initiative.
According to the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program – UNDP, Jean Luc Stalon, YouthConnekt Cameroon Initiative is an additional platform to put young people at the center of Development.
The initiative offers five products
– creation of 5000 jobs for youths in 3 years
– moral reamarmanent of youth
– connection of youths nationwide
– Gender issues
– reproductive health
He assured the press that Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative will be supported by the United Nations Development Program and other UN agencies.
He however called on Government to provide a favourable environment for partnerships between the public and private sector for the efficiency and success of Youth Connekt Cameroon Initiative.