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PRISONPRENEURS GIVE BACK TO THEIR FELLOW TRAINEES

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Prisoners feel, violent offenders care and yes, they have a human heart!!
The Kribi Principal Prison is one of the 8 prison facilities in the 6 Regions of Cameroon where the Creative Skills for Peace Project is being executed. This Project seeks to use quality education, vocational skill-based training, entrepreneurial techniques, leadership and peace building as alternatives to violence, promote rehabilitation and reintegration and prevent youth recidivism and radicalization.

 
The inmates from the Kribi Principal Prison who are participants of the Creative Skills for Peace Brick Moulding skill are donating the first set of moulded blocks for the construction of a beauty parlour which will serve as a shed for their fellow trainees in the other skills under the Creative Skills for Peace Project. Even though this skill is very tedious, it also requires these young violent offenders to harness their energy daily while they mould bricks. This contributes to the infrastructural growth of their immediate environment.

 
This is an initiative that they conceived because of the transformation that the CS4Peace project has instilled in them by teaching them the values and virtues of love, sharing, and being each other’s keeper. The trainees witnessed how stressful it was for their colleagues to be trained daily under the extreme weather conditions of the sight blinding sun and heavy rains and decided to help them have a conducive environment for their training sessions. One inmate said ‘’ the others often come to learn in rain like in the sun, this is our way of supporting each other’’. This remarkable step shows how team spirit can transform the mindset of a young violent offender which is a right step towards their rehabilitation and reintegration process.

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The Creative Skills for Peace Sports Tournament Finale in the Kribi Principal Prison

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Saturday the 29th of September 2018 marked the Fnale of the Creative Skills for Peace Sports Tournament in the Kribi Principal Prison in the South Region of Cameroon. Local Youth Corner Cameroon launched this Sports Tournament in 8 Prisons, in 6 Regions of Cameroon to ensure social cohesion, build team spirit and instil discipline in Young Violent Offenders. This tournament is also aimed at encouraging togetherness amongst inmates which will assist their effective Rehabilitation and Reintegration back in to their communities.

                     

The Football Finale was played between team Solidarity and Equality with team Solidarity defeating Equality after what seemed to be a tug of war but with the values of fair play, with a score of one goal to null (1-0). The champions were decorated with gold medals and a trophy to mark their victory while those who came out second were decorated with silver medals. This tournament ended on a good note as every participating team enjoyed crowning the champions tournament. At the end, this sporting event was a success as it had attained one of its major objectives which was aimed at serving as a form of psycho social support to the inmates enabling them gain social skills and to coexist peacefully.

 

In the same spirit of awards, the Entrepreneurial Grant Awards were awarded to the various skills which include; Brick Moulding, Tailoring, Hair dressing and barbing in preparation for the production phase of the Creative Skills for Peace Project. This money will help each skill purchase every equipment needed for the next phase and to ensure that nothing hampers the goal of transforming prisons in to production centres and a place of effective rehabilitation of young violent offenders.

All dignitaries present like the Divisional Delegate for Youths, the Divisional Delegate for Sports and many others were all amazed by their what they saw on the transformation of these Young Violent Offenders who are now ‘Prisonpreneurs’. Their presents and warm words encouraged these inmates and serves as a moral boost which is a positive step to their Rehabilitation and Reintegration process.

 

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Meet the winner of the Female Category of the Creative Skills for Peace Inter-Prison Essay Competition 2018

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Amazing!! Here comes the winner of the female category of the Inter-Prison Essay Competition 2018 Mireille from the Mfou Principal Prison.

She wrote an amazing story which included her before, during her stay in prison and who she will become after her sentence in prison.
We could see her joy and feeling of importance she put on after receiving her prize. Her female peers envied her with anticipations of participating in next year’s edition and eventually emerging as winners.

Her prize was donated by the Justice and Peace Commission, Bamenda and handed over by our head Judge Madam Gladys Viban.

Her writing skills has made her a heroine in her prison community and has finally made #News on National Television. This is a great step to her Rehabilitation and Reintegration process as well as her peers.

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Creative Skills for Peace Inter-Prison Essay Competition; Introducing our 2018 Winners

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We are glad to announce this year’s winners of the first edition of the Inter-Prison Essay Competition. The Prize Award Ceremony took place on the 5th of September 2018 at the Mfou Principal Prison.
The Champions were awarded with certificates and cash prizes donated by partners and well wishers who supported this initiative of giving Young Violent Offenders access to quality education as a means of faciliting their Rehabilitation and Reintegration process.
The successes of this year’s edition is a pace setter for the subsequent editions and the inmates are excited in anticipation of next year’s edition.

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Meet Our Judge Mrs Cynthia Sanyi

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Meet our Judge!

Mrs Cynthia Sanyi
She is a remarkable English Language teacher at LBA, Yaounde. She is an entrepreneur and a writer.
She is also a 2018 fellow of the US Department of State Teaching Excellence Programme.
Mrs Sanyi is a United Nations Alliance for Civilisation Fellow 2011.
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Inter Prison-Essay Competition Prize Giving Ceremony September 5th,2018

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LOYOC is thrilled to announce that Wednesday, the 5th of September 2018 has been slated as the official date for the Inter-Prison Essay Competition Prize Giving Ceremony. It has been an amazing journey with the inmates pouring out their thoughts on their scripts. The judges are rounding up with the grading and we all are anxious to see who the winners will be.
Donations are still open #donate a prize/be a partner.

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Meet our Head Judge! Madam Yaa Gladys Shang Viban

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Meet our Head Judge!
Madam Yaa Gladys Shang Viban
 She is  a Gender and Development Consultant, a Motivational Speaker and
a trained Translator/Interpreter with over 25 years of experience. She co-chaired the 6th African Regional Conference on Reproductive Health which held in Cameroon (2015) as the then Board Chair for the host organization Women in Alternative Action (WAA Cameroon). She is currently Board Chair of Hope for the Needy Association, Board Member of the Bible Society of Cameroon, Chairperson of the East Mungo North Presbytery and Executive Board Member of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon,
Programs Officer for the SHEMKA FOUNDATION/Light Works and served as Vice President of the Organizing Committee of African Biblical Leadership Initiative 2017, which held in Yaoundé. Her contributions have been recognized throughout her professional career and have earned her several awards of merit and distinction at the US Embassy, Yaounde, Cameroon: Superior Honor Award.
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Meet Our Judge Dr Oumar Guédalla

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Meet our Judge!

Dr. Oumar Guédalla
He teaches African literature at the Ecole Normale d ‘Enseignement Supérieur, University of Maroua, Cameroon. He is a specialist in African literature, didactics and myth studies.

Author of several articles on African literature, oral and didactics some of which are being published, Oumar Guédalla is a member of L.L.E.C. (Laboratory of Languages, Literatures and Comparative Studies), ISOLA (International Society for Oral Literatures of Africa).
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Local Youth Corner Cameroon’s team was received by the HE Rowan James Laxon, British High Commissioner to Cameroon

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Local Youth Corner Cameroon’s team was received by the HE Rowan James Laxon, British High Commissioner to Cameroon in an audience where we reflected on the role of young people in  Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent/Violent Extremist Offenders. Top to the conversation was  highlighting positive  practices and successes of the Creative Skills  for Peace Project in Prisons. He was amazed as he had a first hand feel of the products made by #Prisonpreneurs.

At the sideline of the meeting, Mrs Sagette one of the trainers presented gifts to the High Commissioner on behalf of the #Prisonpreneurs in an effort to thank the British High Commission for her support toward their Rehabilitation and youth development. The High Commissioner reaffirm his commitment toward working with young people in sustaining peace and development.

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MEET OUR JUDGE MR ERIC NGALLE CHARLES

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MEET OUR JUDGE!
Mr. Eric Ngalle Charles
He is a Cameroonian-born, Wales based writer, poet, playwright and actor. He is a Fellow of the leadership network British-American Project, and currently sits on the board of directors for Literature Wales, Wales Pen and the advisory board of Aberystwyth Arts centre. For their 30th Anniversary, Eric was selected as one of the ‘Hay 30’ of young writers, scientists, philosophers, performers and activists who will shape the world over the next thirty years. He holds a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales for research into Migration, Memory and Trauma. His previous books include the Hafan Books anthologies Between a mountain and a Sea(2003),  Soft Touch(2004), Nobody’s Perfect (2005), Festival of the Wolf(2006). His plays includes: My mouth brought me here first performed at London south bank centre and the Hayfestival 2018, Asylum (2016) Last Ritual 2018(first performed at the Hayfestival 2018 and Cardiff Book festival 8th September 2018. The first part of his memoirs, I Eric Ngalle, will appear in Autumn 2018(Publishers, Parthian Books.
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