U.S based Global Center on Cooperative Security on an Official Visit to Local Youth Corner.
On Monday, 30th October 2017 Local Youth Corner received an official visit of a delegation from the Global Center on Cooperative Security based in Washington DC, U.S.A. The delegation was made up of Melissa Lefas, Program director for Penal Law and Rule of Law, Junko Ozawa, Legal Analyst and Matthew Shwartz, Senior analyst and head of Program Desgin, Monitoring and Evaluation. The Global Center on Cooperative Security works with governments, international organizations, and civil society to develop and implement comprehensive and sustainable responses to complex international security challenges through collaborative policy research, context-sensitive programming, and capacity development. It is in this light that the delegation came to Cameroon with the intent of collaborating with the Cameroon government in the domain of Juvenile Justice.
As a long term partner of LOYOC in the domain of Rehabilitation and Reintegration, a visit to the Local Youth Corner Head office at Rue Damas, was therefore unavoidable. This meeting was and opportunity for the Global Center to finally meet the LOYOC team. The delegation was received by the Loyoc National Coordinator, Achaleke Christian Leke in the presence of the staff as well as Mr. Asafor Ivo, representing the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, another strong partner of Local Youth Corner.
The main articulations of this visit constituted of a presentation of the Local Youth Corner staff, office space and ungoing projects, this was followed by exchanges on topics touching rehabilitation, reintegration and juvenile justice in Cameroon; domains which are of core importance to both institutions. The exchanges were punctuated by the handing in of souvenirs to our guests; the Toghu traditional regalia which stands as an emblem of our National Identity. This meeting was ended with an interview for Melissa Lefas during which she expressed how impressed she had been with the work of Local Youth Corner and more so after meeting the team in persons after long online exchanges. And of course a group photograph, which while abiding to the trends of the time was a group selfie.
Local Youth Corner staff then resorted to wishing them a pleasurable stay in Cameroon for the amount of time they have left.