Little Strides to a bigger picture: The Local Youth Corner team on an evaluation field trip of the advancement of preparation for the Creative Skills for Peace Project in the South West Region.
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The repression and arrest of violent offenders has been the usual measure taken to keep social deviants in check. However, not much is done to prepare their reintegration into the society after they have served their prison term. It is with the aim of covering up for this gap that the Loyoc Team is working towards the implementation of the Creative Skills for Peace Project on the entire national territory. The project which is still at its early stages, required of the team to carry out a two days’ field visit to the South West Region for an evaluation on the advancements of preparations to launch the project in the upcoming days. With a team made up of the National Coordinator Achaleke Christian Leke, Tangang Andrew-Secretary General and Tatianna Nkofo- Deputy Communications and Advocacy Officer a visit went down to the South West Region towns of Buea and Kumba to visit both facilities and evaluate their advancements.
This led to a set of meetings with the administrative personnel of the Buea and Kumba Central and Principal Prisons respectively. This began with the visit to Mr. Ewane Alain, Chief of Service of Discipline, socio-cultural and training activities. As it is, the Buea Central Prison’s inmates will be receiving training in Infographics, music, paper bag confection and clothes making.
The next stop was at the Kumba Principal Prison which will have its inmates trained in poultry farming, beads jewelry confection, clothes making and ICT. One of the successes registered in the preparations was the successful building of a poultry site within the confines of the prison. This poultry with a capacity of over 75 chicks was confirmed to have been put up in respect to the norms and requirements of the activity by the skill’s trainer Mr. Reagan Tabot, who accompanied the team. It is on this note that the team was received by the Superintendent of the Kumba Principal Prison Mr. Asaah Ngu who expressed his enthusiasm to have had his prison facility selected for this project. A few directives were shared before both parted ways.
To close down the set of meetings with administrative personnel, the team met with the First assistant Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Division. He expressed his enthusiasm for the project and even offered to buy some of the chicken to be supplied from the prison. He also provided useful information to help in the project implementation phase to ensure its success. The last but one stop was the visit at St Francis College Kumba for a meeting with the Bishop of Meme Division. In the process, it was established that the Catholic Church has been doing an amazing work in prison facilities through the Justice and Peace Commission. Despite the tight schedule, the Loyoc team was able to meet all key persons and objectives to ensure that the Creative Skills for Peace Project kick starts with no difficulty.