Youth Connekt : FCFA 800 millions to execute Five Projects in 2022

Five priority Youth Connekt projects will be executed in 2022 at the cost of FCFA 800 millions.

Stakeholders disclosed the running budget during the first annual session of the steering committee of the youth empowerment program which held  in Yaoundé on April 27.

Minister of Youth and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou speaking during the first annual session of the steering committee of Youth Connekt

The session was co-chaired by the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou and the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Cameroon, Alassane Ba.

Five Key projects for 2022

In the quest to provide comprehensive solutions to challenges faced by youths, the stakeholders have identified five priority youth projects.

The five projects will be executed simultaneously in all the regions of the country. They include ;

-Job creation

-Promotion of peace and social cohesion

-Connecting youths internally and externally

-Gender promotion

-Sexual and reproductive health

Expected results 

Youth Connekt seeks to connect youths to socio-economic and political opportunities and facilitate access to finance. The project also gives particular visibility to local initiatives and building the capacities of youths .

At the end of the year, officials hope to achieve  the following results;

-5000 decent jobs for young people

-interconnect 1.000.000 young people to mentors, role models and leaders

-strengthen the capacities of 100,000 young people in leadership, peaceful social cohesion and community development

-equip 30000 young girls with leadership skills

-Empower 100,000 young people and adolescents in comprehensive sexual education

The  implementation phase of the five  projects for 2022 will soon commence. The officials say communication, and mobilization of resources, especially in the private sector are challenges which must be addressed  in order to guarantee success.

Youth Connekt

Cameroon launched Youth Connekt on December 9, 2019. It is a joint UN-Government initiative technically supported by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP. It was first launched in Rwanda in 2012 and is being implemented in other African countries.

Almost three years after it’s official launch, the Youth project has facilitated connection of more than 400,000 youths to various socio-economic and political opportunities. The programme has also created some 6,000 jobs for Cameroonian youths.

Kathy Neba Sina

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