Establishing New Partnerships to Build Peace through Sports.
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For a couple of years now, sports has been identified as a great tool in peacebuilding aimed at inculcating a team spirit in youth as well as redirecting their energy towards a more constructive endeavor. It is in this perspective that Local Youth Corner included a Football tournament into its Creative Skills for Peace Project to be lunched in the upcoming months.
It is in the scope of making this component more efficient that the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association (CCGA) and the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sports (CABOS) have decided to extend a hand of partnership to Local Youth Corner to capitaliseonthe role of sports as an instrument to promote social coercion, peace and development.
Hence, a series of audiences were granted to the Local Youth Corner delegation by these three institutions on Tuesday, January 9th 2018. This delegation was made up of the National Coordinator Mr. Achaleke Christian, Ms. Melissa Juisi Simo-Programs Officer and Ms. Tatianna Nkofo-Deputy Communications and Advocacy Officer. On the other hand, the Ministry of Sports was represented by Mr. Macias Nwana-Sports Inspector General while CABOS and CCGA were represented by Mme Amba Rose Kwende, president of the Cameroon Commonwealth Games Association.
The meeting in itself came prior to a courtesy visit paid by the LOYOC team to the CABOS and CCGA new offices found at the Omnisport Neighbourhood in a bid to discover the working space and headquarters of this institutions. The cohort then moved to the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education to engage the conversation on the support of these institutions in the Creative Skills for Peace Project. Following the customary courtesies, the National Coordinator presented the Creative Skills for Peace Project and more specifically the Football Tournament which will be run within each prison and correctional facility. In a perspective of rehabilitating young people who have been involved in violence, the CSP Project stands as an alternative solution to violence and to give hope to young people using economic empowerment, personality development and psycho-social support through peer educator skills development. Concurrently, its sports component emerges as a means to build social cohesion and redirect youth energy through extra-curricular activities.
This presentation provoked an enthusiasm from both the Ministry and CCGA/CABOS whose representatives both expressed their desire to get involved in the CSP project at a higher level. Discussions were concluded with Mr. Achaleke handing in Project documents to Mme Kwende towards the establishment of a long lasting partnership. It can therefore be confirmed that the Creative Skills for Peace Sports Tournament will witness a makeover and upgrade. Local Youth Corner, once more, is taking the challenge to transform the lives of young people within 8 prisons and correctional facilities in 6 regions of the country towards building a peaceful society.