#YouthDay: Youths Partner with Elders on Peace and Security

Cameroonian youths from different walks of life have exchanged ideas with the elders towards promoting peace and security in the country.

This was at an inter-generational dialogue organsied by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Plan International Cameroon.

Opening the session, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou explained that this forum is opportunity for the youth to learn from the experiences of the older persons so as to adopt better strategies in building the future of Cameroon.

The Minister went on to call on the youth to work hand in glove for peace and security in Cameroon. He emphasised that all members of the National Youth Council, headed by Fadimatou Iyawa must be peace builders.

Inspiring Testimonies from Elders

The inter-generational dialogue meeting was also platform for sharing of life experiences. This session was moderated by Achaleke Christian Leke, an African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace.

The Co-Chair of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security, Saji Prelis shared some experiences on his youthful days. He noted that instead of always asking: why are young people taking drugs, or why are young people involved in violence, we should move to asking, why are many young people peaceful.

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Parliamentarian, Joshua Osih
shared on how he and some schoolmates fought for the retention of the English subsystem of education in Cameroon. This was back in the early 1980’s when he was in CPC Bali. They did a peaceful march and their voices were heard, young as they were. “We did not destroy or burn down anything,” he emphasised. “Even if you do not have, it does not mean you should burn,” Hon Joshua Osih noted.

On his part, the Country Director of Plan International Cameroon, Johnson Bien Aimé re-echoed the importance of the youth promoting peace and security.

The lessons from the elders will certainly serve as springboard for the youth as they work towards building a more peaceful and secure Cameroon.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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