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LOYOC Appoints Miss Indira Banga as the Pioneer Regional Coordinator of its Regional office in Maroua, Far North Region of Cameroon

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Indira Banga, is a youth civil society activist who hails from the North Region of Cameroon.  She holds an MSc in International Communication and Public Action from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC), and a Bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of Buea. For the most part of her life as an activist, Indira has been engaged in issues of gender, human rights, peace and countering violent extremism. She has served as a volunteer and intern for over six civil society organisations in Cameroon.  She worked as the Communication and Developer of the Network for More Women in Politics; Communication and Advocacy officer at CAP Emergence; Observatoire des Droits de l’homme, Yes For Children and many others.

Indira joined Local Youth Corner in 2016 as project assistant at the Head Office in Yaounde. She later moved to the Extreme North Region in 2017 to serve as focal point and program officer for the Creative Skills for Peace Project in the Region.

Upon the creation of the Local Youth Corner Extreme North Office, Indira was appointed by the BOD as the Pioneer Regional Coordinator. In this new capacity, she represents the mission of the organisation, designs and executes projects specific to the region, coordinates and manages staff.

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CYPAN and LOYOC peace and CVE advocacy team received in audience by the Cameroon Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education

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On the 28 of June 2017 , the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors and  Local  Youth Coner (LOYOC ) peace and CVE advocacy team was received in an audience by the Cameroon Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education . This Advicacy Minission which was headed by Achaleke Christian Leke , National coordinator of LOYOC and Pan -Commonwealth coordinator of CYPAN was aimed at advocating for more youth participation  in the peace building process in Cameroon as well as the development of a favorable  environment for young people to collaborate with government to promote lasting peace . Mr. Achaleke was accompanied by the Country Coordinator of CYPAN ; Miss Ntchunda Prudence .

Group selfie with the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Representative of the Commonwealth Department at the Ministry of external Relations

This mission was grazed by the joint action of LOYOC and CYPAN in highlighting the contributions of young Cameroonian so far in the peace building process as well as highlighting possibilities for the Cameroonian Government to collaborate with the Commonwealth Secretariat in developing an efficient program to harness the positive energy and peace loving heart of young Cameroonians.

Equally , during this meeting Mr Achaleke presented the a policy recommendation called the Action agenda on engaging youth civil society in Rehabilitation and reintegration in Cameroon which was developed by young peace builders in Cameroon during a joint training organized by LOYOC and CYPAN. 

Presentation of Policy Recommendation by Mr Achaleke to the Minister

As part of this delegation , Mr Idzesop Ibrahim representing the Commonwealth Department at the Ministry of External Relations further highlighted Commonwealth strategies in promoting youth participation in peace building as well as the Commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in ensuring that Cameroon benefits from such efforts .

During this meeting , the Miniter expressed his gratitude to the efforts of young Cameroonians in promoting sustainable peace in Cameroon . He further pledged to work in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat  and CYPAN in peace building efforts in Cameroon . In his concluding words , he reaffirmed his commitment of working with young people in their strive to promote peace and fight against all forms of violence. 

This advocacy visit ended with the handing over of copies of the advocacy materials and an interview and photo session . 

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National Road show and Sports for Peace Championship [#1]

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Sports for Peace Tournament 2017

Theme: Building community resilience through sports

After the Regional Youth Summit on Countering Violent Extremism organised in Maiduguri in November 2016 by Search for Common Ground, the Cameroon team dimmed it necessary to carry out a pass-it-on event back at home. It is under the supervision of Local Youth Corner, focal point to Search for Common Ground in Cameroon, that the lessons learnt at Maiduguri will be shared with our young people. We will soon be organising the Sports for Peace Tornament…

Get ready! It’s time to act to impact!

Apres le Sommet Regional des jeunes sur la Lutte Contre l’Extremisme Violent tenu a Maiduguri en 2016 par Search for Commom Ground, l’equipe du Cameroun a vu l’importance de partager les lessons de Maiduguri aupres de nos jeunes freres. C’est donc sous la supervision de Local Youth Corner, point focal de Search for Common Ground au Cameroun, que les activites de retransmission des lessons de Maiduguri seront relayer au jeunes Camerounais. Bientot, nous organiseront le Tournoi de Sport pour la Paix.

Soyez pret! Il est temps d’agir pour le changement!

Peace Championship Poster


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Rehabilitating, Reintegrating violent offenders and Violent Extremist Fighters in Cameroon: “Yes We Can” with Youth Civil Society

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Empowering Youth Civil Society Actors as Agents of Rehabilitation and Reintegration (R-R) of People with a history of or Propensity for Violence in Cameroon.


Local Youth Corner Cameroon(LOYOC), a youth-led peace building and counter violent extremism organisation in Cameroon organised a national training on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of violent offenders and violent extremist fighters as the first phase of an eight-month project to promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration(Read more about LOYOC This training mobilised 30 youth civil society actors working on Rehabilitation and Reintegration, 10 front line practitioners from prisons and corrections centres from the ten regions of Cameroon.  The project is sponsored by the US Department of State through Global Center for Comparative Security. It was executed in partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of External Relations in Cameroon, Search for Common Ground, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network,  YouthCAN,  UNOY,  Step in Step Out UK, International Center for Counter Terrorism, and the Duke of Edinburg Award Cameroon.


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Dialogue and group discussion session

This residential training ran from January 17-19 in Yaounde. It began with a consultation and dialogue between the youth actors, frontline practitioners, state institutions on hope to engage every stakeholder in the process. The training later followed, which featured; experience sharing, use of sports, focus groups, dialogue, use of movies and videos, presentations and many others as the key methodology. Some of the themes of the training included; The role of Technology, Vocational Training and entrepreneurial initiatives towards R-R , The role of psycho- social support and Deradicalisation in R-R,The role of sports and recreational activities as tools of social cohesion and personality development and The role of Education and communication in R-R .  The Representative of USAID in Cameroon stressed on the role of youths in this process and applauded on the methodology of the training during her presentation at the closing ceremony.

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Participants watching and brainstorming on “Hotel Rwanda” movie (famous movie on the Rwandan Genocide )


Major findings during the first phase 

  • Lack of existing policy to support youth participation in R-R .
  • Little focus by the government and other development stakeholders of R-R in the fight against violent extremism
  • Lack of capacity and a common space for youth actors, front line practitioners, government and other stakeholders to collaborate .
  • Absence of evidence on the contribution of youths in promoting R-R and the fight against violent extremism

Presentation by Representative of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education

Outcomes of the training 

  • Training and capacity building for 30 youth actors and 10 frontline practitioners from 10 Regions of Cameroon
  • Development of a Youth Action Agenda for the promotion of R-R  in Cameroon by participants (policy Recommendations )-(Read final Draft here )
  • Development of a Network of youth actors, frontline practitioners and other stakeholders . ( See more : )
  • First ever dialogue between youth civil society, government and  frontline practitioners on promoting R-R
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Presentation of the National Rehabilitation and Reintegration Network by Representative of USAID Cameroon


Presentation of Action Agenda(Policy Recommendation) by Project


Key Objectives of Project 

✓     2 days residential consultation and training of 40 participants (30 youth civil society activists, 5 prison superintendents and 5 directors of correction centers) on rehabilitation and reintegration, peace building and Preventing / countering violent extremism.

✓     Create a network of civil society, penitentiary and social workers to promote rehabilitation and reintegration. (Cameroon National Youth  Reintegration & Rehabilitation Network – NRRN)

✓     Establish a dialogue platform for youth civil society, government institutions and other international development stakeholders to promote and support rehabilitation and reintegration initiatives.

✓     Develop a working document (action agenda) to promote youth engagement in rehabilitation and reintegration and also guide government policy on the subject

✓     Reach out to over 600 youths actors and front line practitioners during the compulsory Pass it On and advocacy action to be undertaken by participants after the training.

✓     Compilation and showcasing of over 30 positive practices of youth civil society organizations in promoting rehabilitation and reintegration in local communities.

✓     Set a pace for a possible multi-yearly project on engaging youth civil society within Cameroon and across the Central and West African Region on promoting rehabilitation and reintegration.

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Training session


participants presentation after group work


Team building sports by participants

As highlighted in the project objectives, the second and third phases of the project are ongoing. The project Coordinator highlighted that ” The last two phases of this project will ensure a successful beginning of a new era in promoting youth engagement in R-R of violent offenders” Despite the success of this project, the current security situation in Cameroon greatly challenged the project. Internet blackout in some region, difficulties to access public transport and many others was a setback to the project. Nevertheless, the project team went to extra miles to ensure communication and movement of participants to and from the training venue.



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Family photo of participants, trainers, and guest from State Institutions and International Organisations

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