Local Youth Corner launches the « Youth Positive Practice Memoire on Rehabilitation and Reintegration». P/CVE Advocacy through scientific research.
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After several months of research and fact finding, Local Youth Corner Cameroon successfully published and launched the Study titled « Youth Positive Practice Memoire on Rehabilitation and Reintegration. Transforming Violent Offenders into champions of peace in Cameroon».
It is on Thursday 23rd November 2017 that the EISERVI Hall at Biyem-assi Stade hosted representatives from the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Affairs alongside representatives from International organisations such as USAID as well as the National Youth Council coupled with Civil Society activists for the launch of this Study. This press conference, saw the attendance of a huge crowd of young persons enthusiastic about the initiative of such a publication.placeholder://
The publication contains a detailed over view of the state of Violent Extremism and rehabilitation in Cameroon with a greater focus on young people. Besides presenting the causes and consequences of the various ills identified, the study brings to the limelight the work and positive practices of 20 youth organisations around the country putting their efforts together towards the effective rehabilitation and reintegration of young violent offenders in Cameroon. These positive practices stand as a tangible evidence of the amazing ground work done by young people in a perspective of achieving sustainable peace in Cameroon. It further brings the focus on the creativity and proactiveness of these youth in the methods used in their rehabilitation and reintegration initiatives.
Present on the panel for this press conference were Mr Achaleke Christian Leke, National Coordinator of Loyoc, Mr Emmanuel Sanyi who was not only present as the National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award but also one of the main editors of this publication. Also present were Mr Buweh Vitalis representing the Ministry of Justice and Sakah Bernard, a contributor to the Study. The presence of government representatives attested of the recognition youth civil society in general and Local Youth Corner in particular receive from the government. In a bid to increase the support from the goverment, the press conference also stood as an avenue to start a conversation on the work done by various stakeholders in the domain of rehabilitation and thus an opportunity to table the needs of youth civil society in a bid to ease and empower the grass root work done in prisons and correctional facilities around the country.
The event was articulated with a summary presentation of the content of the study, the appraisal from the Ministry of Justice, a finally, a question and answer session which brought up the points of view of various attendants on the issues discussed. The discussions were followed by the customary group photographs for records. The next moves of Local Youth Corner after this launching will be to ensure that copies of this book are translated to the French language and enable as many persons as possible, within or out of the country, to raise awareness on the importance of rehabilitation and reintegration as a means to prevent and counter Violent Extremism.