CAN WE TALK? Cameroon Youths dialogue workshop

Pre-assess - Understand
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Inspired
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Engaged
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Skills
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Stand Up
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Reach Out
Agree
Pre-assess - Others
Strongly Agree
Details - Project Image
this a peace campaign among school to prevent violent extremism,
Injustice - Importance
The youth of Cameroon being the major stakeholders in the liberation struggle in Cameroon, the strong forces in social change and the future generation felt the exclusion of youth from the center of decision-making processes could as well endanger youth participation to the fullest extend. The youths of Cameroon also having conducted several workshops in an effort to finding a solution to their set back in terms of participation, noted that negative cultural and traditional norms are the major barriers to youths freedom.

Therefore, youth having been the victims of the same situation have agreed to conduct this dialogue workshop with references to combating cultures and traditions that hinders youth empowerment and participation. Lack of youth participation in community/National governing structures in Cameroon has continue to experience disharmony, disunity, distrust, tribal clashes, bad governance etc.

This is a unique workshop that aims to bring youth to dialogue and possibly to establish networks and cooperation for the first time that will empower youth as part of civil society and non-state actors to organize and take action, in particular in connection with decentralized co-operation; decision and policy makers; supporting and promoting youth action to prevent conflict and ensure respect for the rule of law and good governance
Injustice - Who Affected
THE YOUTH

Injustice - How Affected
THE YOUTH

The current ongoing Anglophone crisis that has raged in Cameroon since 2016 has almost destroyed all social- economic activities and resulted to; displacements, loss of lives and livelihood of many people. One such group that is badly affected is the youth. They were conscripted into the army when children and let to go without education. Due to depressing lack of care, they have developed negative attitudes toward themselves leading to high consumption of drugs and alcohol which make them to become violent and commit crimes.

Most youth in Cameroon are full of vibrant ideas. When properly motivated and sufficiently guided would solve many problems faced by Cameroonian. Without opportunities for participation, youth cannot develop to the fullest extend.

Historically, the youth in Cameroon have played a key role in calls for social change, yet they generally have little say in matters that affect them with adults generally having seniority. Many times when the elders disagree among themselves the youth automatically become the immediate victims, for they are being used as weapons of violence to defend selfish interest of individuals.

Also among the ethnic communities in Cameroon, decision-making is normally the prerogative of adults. In addition, cultural norms and tradition fuels community resistance to young people’s efforts toward assuming greater responsibility and spearheading positive change. As a result, youth have been raised to be relatively passive and part of community defense structure that does not question authority, or stand for their rights.

Therefore there is urgent need to empower youth participation with skills needed for change to take place as far as peace and political destiny of Cameroon is concerned
Injustice - Who Causes
Government of Cameroon
Injustice - Why
the ethnic communities in Cameroon, decision-making is normally the prerogative of adults. In addition, cultural norms and tradition fuels community resistance to young people’s efforts toward assuming greater responsibility and spearheading positive change. As a result, youth have been raised to be relatively passive and part of community defense structure that does not question authority, or stand for their rights
Initial Problem Statement

This proposal seeks to establish solidarity through dialogue among youth for effective cooperation and enforcement of youth participation in the overall governing structures of the community/society in Cameroon. Beside this, the participants will acquire knowledge and skills to develop the capacity of their organization as civil society and non-state actors. And the workshop will also provide an excellent space for networking and finding partners; this dimension will be most strongly encouraged by the facilitator and the resource persons. As a result of the workshop, an experimental project in best practice in youth participation will be identified, implemented and jointly monitored by the participants. Thus, this project proposes 4day workshop to be held in BUEA
Interview - Who
youths
Interview - How They Feel
Due to depressing lack of care, they have developed negative attitudes toward themselves leading to high consumption of drugs and alcohol which make them to become violent and commit crimes.
Interview - How Affected
The current ongoing Anglophone crisis that has raged in Cameroon since 2016 has almost destroyed all social- economic activities and resulted to; displacements, loss of lives and livelihood of many people. One such group that is badly affected is the youth. They were conscripted into the army when children and let to go without education. Due to depressing lack of care, they have developed negative attitudes toward themselves leading to high consumption of drugs and alcohol which make them to become violent and commit crimes.

Interview - Why They Feel That Way
Most youth in Cameroon are full of vibrant ideas. When properly motivated and sufficiently guided would solve many problems faced by Cameroonian. Without opportunities for participation, youth cannot develop to the fullest extend.
Interview - How Involved
The youth of Cameroon being the major stakeholders in the liberation struggle in Cameroon, the strong forces in social change and the future generation felt the exclusion of youth from the center of decision-making processes could as well endanger youth participation to the fullest extend. The youths of Cameroon also having conducted several workshops in an effort to finding a solution to their set back in terms of participation, noted that negative cultural and traditional norms are the major barriers to youths freedom.

Therefore, youth having been the victims of the same situation have agreed to conduct this dialogue workshop with references to combating cultures and traditions that hinders youth empowerment and participation. Lack of youth participation in community/National governing structures in Cameroon has continue to experience disharmony, disunity, distrust, tribal clashes, bad governance etc
Root Cause
Historically, the youth in Cameroon have played a key role in calls for social change, yet they generally have little say in matters that affect them with adults generally having seniority. Many times when the elders disagree among themselves the youth automatically become the immediate victims, for they are being used as weapons of violence to defend selfish interest of individuals.

Also among the ethnic communities in Cameroon, decision-making is normally the prerogative of adults. In addition, cultural norms and tradition fuels community resistance to young people’s efforts toward assuming greater responsibility and spearheading positive change. As a result, youth have been raised to be relatively passive and part of community defense structure that does not question authority, or stand for their rights.
Therefore there is urgent need to empower youth participation with skills needed for change to take place as far as peace and political destiny of Cameroon is concerned.


Compassionate Insight - Injustice
Youths not participating in the decision making process of the community
Compassionate Insight - Address
The elderly who are in power now don't allow the young people to participate in the decision making of the community.
And young people are not having the courage in standing to make the change they want.
Compassionate Insight - Action
Empower youth to participate in all centers of the decision- making processes
Compassionate Insight - Comments
Comment
Hi,

Your name isn't showing on Peace First's end of the dashboard. While you don't have to disclose your name if you prefer not to, we like addressing the feedback to someone so it feels more personal. Let me know if you need help figuring out how to add your name to your project's dashboard!

Thanks so much for posting this project! I am glad to see that your project calls for civic engagement by youth in your community. I agree completely that our nation’s future leaders will be the youth of today, therefore it is important for them to understand the power of their voices and their participation in decision-making processes. I’m a member of the Peace First team and as part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff gives formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

To overcome: Cameroon
We will address: The root causes of this injustice
By: empower youth to participate in all centers of decision- making processes

I appreciate your compassion in showing your complete support of youth, as you are aware that "Most youth in Cameroon are full of vibrant ideas. When properly motivated and sufficiently guided would solve many problems faced by Cameroonian." You clearly put a lot of thought into why this injustice continues to happen as you mention how traditions have swayed youth from participating in civil matters and allowed for adults to use them as weapons within war. Conducting a workshop for the youth is a great way to bring about healthy dialogue between them and allows for a safe space to work towards social change.

Things to Consider:
There are some formatting things that I would like you to change for your compassionate insight. For the "To overcome" section, it is asking for the injustice, which you elaborated as "The youth of Cameroon being the major stakeholders in the liberation struggle in Cameroon, the strong forces in social change and the future generation felt the exclusion of youth from the center of decision-making processes could as well endanger youth participation to the fullest extend." For the "We will address" section, it is asking for the root causes, which you have listed many in previous stages. Feel free to add them all in this section. Lastly for the "By" section, it is asking for your solution/ plan. You should include a few sentences about your plans for hosting the workshop and what it plans to do. If you have any questions about what each part of the compassionate insight is asking you, feel free to ask me or look at this resource: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-4-compassionate-insight .

Your compassionate insight is nearly there! I encourage you to incorporate the changes that I have asked for above. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for all the awesome work that you have done so far! I look forward to seeing your revised compassionate insight! :)

Best,
Amy
Commentor
Comment Date
Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:47
Comment
Hi,

Thanks for submitting your compassionate insight again! I still encourage you to take the feedback that I gave you previously about the formatting of the compassionate insight. Following this format is helpful because if other Peace First users check out your project's public page, they will be able to understand what your project is working on.

The "To overcome" section asks for the injustice itself, the problem that you're noticing in your community. The "We will address" section asks for the root causes of the injustices--what are the factors that are allowing for these issues to persist. The "By" section asks for your plan's solution for this injustice. If you have any questions about what I've discussed above, please reach out to me! I also highly recommend looking at this resource if you haven't already: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-4-compassionate-insight

I will move your compassionate insight to the Plan stage now, but I still encourage you to make changes to the compassionate insight. Let me know if you have any questions! I look forward to seeing what you do :)

Best,
Amy
Commentor
Comment Date
Fri, 04/12/2019 - 10:15
Plan - Goals
Is to bring youths in the decision making process in our community
We will also intend to educate the youths on how they can contribute in the decision making process of the community
Plan - Compassion
We will address youths not participating in the decision making process by empowerment of youths on the importance of them participating in the decision making process by organizing a training workshops for youths in our community
Plan - Courage
We will fund ten youths in our community to participants in the parliamentary election
Plan - Collaborate
We will bring expects in the field of leadership from other institutions and communities to train 50 youths in community on leadership and how to participate in the decision making process of the community
Plan - Direction
We will know when get 10 youths who are ready to go in for parliamentary elections to represent our community in the national house of assembly
Plan - Steps
We will organized training workshops for two weeks with 50 youths
We will create a community awareness campaign on the importance of sending you to represent the community and at decision making process table
We will sponsor 10 youths in our community to represent the community at national house of assembly
Plan - Comments
Comment
Hi Shey,

Sorry for getting back so late with your Plan feedback! Thanks for submitting your plan -- it sounds like you have a wonderful idea of organizing training workshops for committed youth leaders who want to learn about decision-making processes and be part of Cameroon’s leadership board-- such a great idea. Thank you so much for doing this work!

I’m approving your Plan so you can move forward with coming up with your budget and applying for a mini-grant if your need one to carry out your project. This is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. Feel free to use the feedback to further strengthen your project as you prepare to apply for the Mini-Grant.

Strengths:
It’s a very smart idea to bring in experts who are holding or held leadership roles, from different institutions and communities, to give their advice and training on how to best succeed. Getting their assistance is a great way to ensure that the youth are getting an accurate account of the obstacles and hardships that they can face within this process and the ways to best overcome that. Supporting ten youths in the end to be electors of the parliamentary elections of the National House of Assembly is a great way of letting the youth apply their learnings into real life. I look forward to seeing how that goes!

Things to Consider:
You plan on hosting 50 youths in this training program. How will you decide who the 50 people are? Are there qualifications or requirements that you need from applicants to show before you allow them this chance to attend? It’s important that a wide range of people are given the opportunity to participate and everyone has an equal chance of being accepted without discrimination against any part of their identity--how will you make sure this happens? Have you thought about where you’re holding these programs, have you ever gotten a space to do this? Do you know what each session will be covering and for how long? Lastly, you will be supporting 10 youth in the parliamentary elections, but what if more than 10 youths from this program end up wanting to run as well, will you provide your support to them as well? Consider all these things before moving ahead in your work!

Getting 10 youths who are ready to go into the parliamentary elections is a great way to measure success, but that’s more of a long-term indicator. What are some immediate signs that shows that your project is heading in the right direction. Think about simple steps like talking to members within the group and hearing their thoughts, so that everyone’s thoughts can be accounted for and not just those 10 youths. There might be some other ways you can evaluate your work and this resource can help you think of ways to do that: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/action-ryans-guide-evaluation .

One specific question that will be relevant for your mini-grant application: what timeline are you envisioning for delivering the sessions? Note that after you receive your mini-grant, we ask folks to carry out their project and submit their reflection within three months. Will this work with your timeline? If not, you might consider timing the mini-grant application so that you will get the funding nearer to the time you carry out your project.

Keep up the good work!

Best,
Amy
Commentor
Comment Date
Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:21
Details - Country
Cameroon
Details - Location
BUEA - Southwest Region
Grant - Resource
Resource
writing materials
Cost
25.00
Resource
t shirts and banners
Cost
50.00
Resource
breakfast / snacks
Cost
15.00
Resource
conference hall
Cost
50.00
Resource
camera
Cost
50.00
Resource
transportation
Cost
10.00
Resource
resources persons
Cost
50.00
Grant - Confirm Age
Yes
Grant - Confirm Use
Yes
Grant - Confirm Start
Yes
Grant - Confirm End
Yes
Grant - Confirm Report
Yes
Grant - Comments
Comment
Dear Shey,

Thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please note that we provide mini-grant up to $250. Would you mind making sure to update your mini-grant request accordingly?

Let me know if you need any help.

Thanks
Amani
Commentor
Comment Date
Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:49
Comment
Hello
Please I need help on my recommendation
What type of recommendation do I need to summit
Commentor
Comment Date
Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:26
Comment
Hi Shey,

Congratulations! Your mini-grant has been approved! It was really nice talking to you yesterday.

We’re excited to support your project with a grant. Once you add your payment details we will work to get your grant to you over the next two weeks.

Best,
Andrea
Commentor
Comment Date
Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:15
Payment - PF Affiliated
No
Payment - Bank Account
No
Payment - E-Check
Yes
Payment - Agree to Terms
Yes
Grant - Total
250.00
Updates
engaging young leaders in the fight against corruption in Cameroon
engaging young leaders in the fight against corruption in Cameroon
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:24
Our projects youth dialogue forum we had a training on engaging young leaders in the fight against corruption in Cameroon
training of community leaders in line with the project can we talk? youth dialogue workshop
training of community leaders in line with the project can we talk? youth dialogue workshop
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 02:30
We trained over 50 youths in Buea from August to October 2019
Post-assess - Engaged
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Understand
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Inspired
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Skills
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Stand Up
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Reach Out
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Others
Strongly Agree
Reflect - Deepen
First I made my team to know that us as young people we must make change by first changing ourselves and I organize meets and conferences with my team and radio talk and responds from the community meet them to see the need to address the injustice
Reflect - Change
We have over 50 youths who will be running for parliamentary elections in February 2020 in Cameroon as a result to the project and a lot of advocacy groups has been created by the community youth in Cameroon
Reflect - How Many
100
Reflect - How Many Explained
After the dialogue workshops that we had 300 youth participation in various sections of the project.
Than I and my team create a forum which 100 youths from the 300 that we trained joined as a result of the project.
Reflect - People Affected
From the suggestions and comments we get from the people concerning the injustice made my team to understand how much the people are after by the injustice.
Reflect - Learn
My team learn how to get youth who have lost hope for change to get up again and start all over.
And the importance of youth participation in politics of their community
They also learned the need for young leaders to fight against corruption at early start of leadership.
Reflect - Challenges
We had challenges in acquiring authorization for the project and we had challenge in getting youths to understand why they are the change makers.
And due to the crisis in our country Cameroon that was a challenge to us.
Reflect - Others
We created social media platforms like WhatsApp group that allows everyone who has access to join and this made many people to share,carry out activities in. This project and just for the reason that we made person who was interested to take it personally.
Reflect - Future Hopes
We hope that we will be able to reach out to more people and effectively and to get more followers and more financial support.
Reflect - Future Support
We will need cameras and laptops to continue our project finance too to get more impact on the people.
Reflect - Accelerator
Yes
Reflect - Advice
I will tell them to know that the is always a pleasure that we come on you when you start a peacemaking project but know that you only need to be open to learn more and and share your challenges to success in it.
Details - Public
Yes
Project Comments
Comment
Shey, thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please make sure to read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents :)
Commentor
Comment Date
Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:47
Comment
Hi Shey,

Thanks so much for sending the documentation for the International Verification Process. Before I schedule a call, I will ask you to please update your mini-grant request. I noticed that you had requested a total of $306. Our mini-grants are for up to $250. We'd encourage you to reduce the total amount and list only the different resources/materials that add up to $250 or less.

Please send an email at acalderon@peacefirst.org once you update it.

All the best,
Commentor
Comment Date
Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:02
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