Creative skills for peace is a youth-led project that seeks to develop vocational, entrepreneurial, leadership and peace building skills of young people with a history of violence as way to provide them with alternative skills to facilitate their rehabilitation and reintegration into communities. This project focuses on using successful youth entrepreneur with tangible and transferable skills to train their peers in prisons and correctional facilities. This project ultimately will contribute in reducing youth recidivism, radicalization and possible recruitment by violent extremist groups. This project adopts a peace building and counter violent extremism model in it designs and of course will build a stronger group of young people who will drive peace while in detention and upon reinsertion in to their communities.
This project is inspired by the current rise of violent and violent extremism in Cameroon, as well as the need to break the circle of radicalization and recruitment of young people who had engaged in violence in one form or another. The recently adopted UNSCR 2250 and the UN SG Action Plan on Countering Violent Extremism articulates the need to promote rehabilitation and reintegration of young people as a means to promote sustainable peace. Further more, the successful implementation of this project in 2016 at the Borstal youth correctional Center in Buea Reaffirmed the need for the amplification of such initiative.
This project will be executed in six regions across the national territory in eight prison and correctional facilities. The selected regions include; Extreme North, Littoral, Center, South West, North West, and East regions.
The project was selected among the five global best ideas for the Open-Ideo Global Bridge Builders Challenge funded by the GHR Foundation, USA.
Local Youth Corner, through these project Creative skills for peace, seeks to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of 300 violent youth offenders over a period of 20 months. This project seeks to transform these young people into heroes and heroines and use their stories and transformation to inspire their peers across the country to resist radicalization.
Specific Objectives/ Activity (phases)–
N.B.: The activities are presented on the question on timeline of project
Specifically; the project is aimed at;
- Identify the challenges and opportunities faced in the rehabilitation and reintegration process in Cameroon. The Consultation phase will be a major activity to achieve this objective.
- Build entrepreneurial, vocational, peace building, and leadership skills and self-esteem of young people in correctional and prison facilities. The Training phase of the project will help in achieving this objective.
- Promote more government and community institutions engagement in rehabilitation, reintegration and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved through the partnership phase with government and community organisations. Government involvement throughout the project will reaffirm this.
- Strengthen the skills of officials of prison and correctional centre on Rehabilitation, Reintegration, peace building and counter violent extremism. This will be achieved during the training phase of the project as well as throughout the other phases.
- Build a new generation of entrepreneurs and income generating young people in these facilities. This will be achieved through the training, funding, shadowing and mentorship phases.
- Build social cohesion, self-esteem and team building skills of the beneficiaries. This will be achieved through the shadowing and Connection with parents and family phases.
- Engage beneficiaries as peer educators and agents of positive and counter messaging. This will be achieved through the media sensitization phase of the project.
- Sensitize Cameroonian against youth radicalization and recruitment into violent extremist groups. The Media sensitization will help in achieving this objective.
Creative skills for peace have great socio – economic impact to the society and most especially to the lives of young Cameroonians. This project produces both primary and secondary beneficiaries.The primary beneficiaries of this project include; Young prison inmate, street children and school dropouts. These youth will leave the correction centre transformed and more confident than they were previously. The skills they would have learned will enable them to become assets to the society producing economic wealth and advocating for peace.
Secondly, the project will directly benefit the prison administration due to the fact that the rate of recidivism will drop thus a drop in crime wave and a drop in prison administration expense. Equally the families of our participants will also benefit
The tertiary beneficiaries of this project will include the government of Cameroon who through this project will witness a decrease in crime wave and contribute in policy development.
Summary of Breakdown o0f Project /Selected Regions and Facilities
Note: The activities bellow are tentative and could be changed or added during the consultation phase of the project. This project is focus on a need based intervention, so the project team will be visiting the selected facilities in November to find out some of the needs of the beneficiary institutions.
Equally, the selected skills will be based on the context of the communities as well as how marketable and transformative the skills will be. Training manual, which will incorporate peace building and counter violent extremism initiatives, will be developed as a tool
At the sideline of this, a football tournament for inmates and other youths will be organized in the facilities as a tool to build social cohesion and heal trauma
See list below
|REGIONS||CITY||POTENTIAL TRAINING ACTIVITY|
|Extreme North||Yogoua||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|Mora||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|South West||Buea||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|Kumba||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|Littoral||Bepanda Correctional facility||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|East||Bertua||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|Center||Nfou||To be added upon completion of consultations|
|North West||Bamenda||To be added upon completion of consultations|
Key aspects of the training and whole project
- Building capacity of prison staff of building peace, rehabilitation and reintegration techniques
- Marketing and sales of products from the trainees (Both national and international)
- Medicalization of projects and outcome both national and internationally
- Organisation of exhibition of products and skills
Potential Partners Include;
- The GHR –Foundation
- Ministry of Youth Affairs
- Ministry of Sports and Physical Education
- Ministry of Employment and vocational training
- Ministry of Justice
- Cameroon National Youth Council
- Duke of Edinburg Award – Cameroon
Local Youth Corner, Cameroon (LOYOC) is a national, non-governmental, non-profit making, youth-centered organisation working with young people between the ages of 15 and 35. We are an Organization formed as a response to the increased frustration, alienation, socio-political and economic challenges of the Cameroonian youth, who find themselves at the crossroads of making wrong decisions and breaking the rules as a means of survival. These socio-economic challenges span from low self-esteem, high level unemployment, poor health care system, poverty, exclusion in decision and policy making, corruption, poor social justice system, instrumentalisation and many others, which has forced most young people to develop hate for the country and communities, destroyed all iota of patriotism, engage in violent extremist and unscrupulous activities as a means of leaving.
Created on January 10, 2002, LOYOC Cameroon’s programmes development has focused on providing innovative solutions to these youth challenges as a way to promote sustainable peace and development prevent and counter violent extremism. Our methodology spans from online and face to face advocacy, socio-cultural dialogue, evidence-based research, developing curriculums, peer educators, capacity building, policy development and implementation, training, assessment, and advocacy just to name a few.
Over the years, Local Youth Corner has empowered over 1 million young people from across the Ten Regions of Cameroon and beyond. Our organization operates within the ten regions of Cameroon with a representative who is in charge of coordinating our initiatives at local level. Local Youth Corner Cameroon is one of the leading organization currently championing youth engagement in the fight against violent extremism in Cameroon. We are currently the lead organization advising the government on the creation of a National Center to Counter Youth Violence and Extremism.
Within our 15 years of existence, we have engaged and worked with the following local and international partners; Cameroon National Youth Council, Cameroon Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education and Ministry of External Relations, Office of the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Ministry of Defense, US Embassy in Cameroon, British High Commission in Cameroon, UN / UN Agencies, United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Youth, Peace and Security, UNOY, Commonwealth Secretariat / Youth Division, European Union, Search For Common Ground, US Department of State, United Network of Young Peace Builders, Institute of Strategic Dialogue (UK), Master Peace Movement, Creative Associates, EU CT MORSE, Global Center on Comparative Security/ International Center for Counter-Terrorism, Institute of Security Studies, CIVICUS, Plan UK, Restless Development, Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, Actionaid, British Youth Council, Citizen Outreach Coalition UK. Read more about us: http://www.loyocameroon.org
- GHR Foundation
It is a Minneapolis-based, family foundation pioneering design-build philanthropy to create change by working with partners around the world in the areas of global development, education and health. The Foundation is anchored by a belief in responsibility, action and the knowledge that we are all deeply connected regardless of race, religion, nationality or economic status.
The wide reach and accessibility of the Bridge Builder Challenge provides GHR the opportunity to support social innovators addressing critical and pressing needs that may be outside its usual funding areas.
With its partners, GHR meets each challenge with creativity and optimism because it has seen the impact possible through design-build philanthropy. Drawing inspiration from a streamlined approach to construction, design-build philanthropy brings together a broad range of partners early and often to work through problems, adjust design, learn and iterate together. In GHR’s experience, this is leading to stronger partnerships, deeper networks, joint ownership, and most importantly, creates the time and space for comprehensive, long-term change to take root and flourish.
Open IDEO Bridge Builder Challenge
The 2017 Bridge Builder Challenge called for ideas that address the urgent and emergent concerns of our time, ‘building bridges’ between the areas of peace, prosperity and planet. The Challenge sought to support innovative projects that respond to needs in two or more of these areas, in the United States and around the world.
The Ideas phase of the first Bridge Builder Challenge collected 662 ideas from participants in 185 countries. The 662 ideas were narrowed down to a shortlist of 100 ideas. Using the process of human-centered design on OpenIDEO’s open innovation platform, shortlisted ideas then gathered beneficiary feedback from their community and received feedback from a group of volunteer experts. In the Improve phase, participants applied this feedback to ensure their ideas work best for those they intend to serve.
Open IDEO is IDEO’s open innovation practice, enabling people to collaborate and design solutions to the world’s toughest challenges, and working with partners around the world to bring these solutions to life. Both online and offline, OpenIDEO empowers innovators to use design thinking to generate social impact.