Fatima Askira’s official visit to Cameroon
Category : Youth Transforming Violent Extremism
It is on the 4th of August 2017 that the Asky aircraft having on-board Fatima Askira, Youth Program Coordinator at Search For Common Ground, Nigeria, touched Cameroonian soil at the Nsimalen International Airport. This visit which had already been postponed thrice, came as a great pleasure to the Local Youth Corner team as well as the members of the Cameroon Youth CVE Network who had participated in the Youth CVE Summit in Maiduguri in November 2016.
During the Maiduguri Summit, the 9 participants from Cameroon took the engagement to set up an Action Agenda towards sensitizing more youth on the importance of P/CVE in Cameroon. Under the supervision of Local Youth Corner, focal point of Search for Common Ground in Cameroon, this team carried out two outstanding projects in the two most affected Regions of the country in terms of violent extremism among youth. These were the North West Region, with the “Sports for Peace” football tournament in Batibo and the “Peace at your Door” Campaign in the Far North Region, most precisely in Maroua in June and July respectively.
Fatima Askira’s visit therefore came at the end of these projects for an evaluation of the work done on ground by the Cameroon team but also to enunciate possible track routes for a way forward on the CVE Network. Thus, on the 5th August 2017, an evaluation meeting was carried out at the Local Youth Corner Head Office bringing together most of the members of the Network from Maroua, Muea and Yaounde. Among the key issues discussed were an evaluation on how the projects were implemented, what worked, what didn’t, what could be done better and the potential partners. The meeting ended with a resolution to make the network open to other Cameroonian organisations working in C/PVE and creating a working group of mutual support between members. Another key engagement taken after this work session was for SCFG to serve as facilitator towards easing access to funders for the Network’s projects. This meeting therefore marked the end of the follow up on the Maiduguri CVE Summit in Cameroon, which stands as one of the four Lake Chad Basin countries represented at the Summit.
Fatima Askira left Cameroon the next day for Niger to continue on the project evaluation of the Maiduguri Summit with the team on ground.