Close to forty youth leaders from the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have reiterated the need for peace and security, especially amidst the reigning instability in these two regions of the country.

This stand was re-echoed at the end of a workshop organized by Dream Reformation Association Cameroon (DRACAM) with the assistance of Alert Fund for Youth on Saturday May 5 at Mansfield Hotel Plaza, Bamenda.

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The workshop brought together youth leaders comprising the communal presidents of the Cameroon National Youth Council in Mezam, the Mezam Divisional  Adviser for the said Council, entrepreneurs and representatives of youth organizations from the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.

Organized under the theme:  A Stand for Peace and Security, this workshop was aimed at training trainers of peace and security advocates as a follow up to an earlier workshop which took place last November 2017 in Bamenda with the same theme.

Among the three speakers was Mr.  Gaby Ambo Esq, Human Rights Advocate and  Executive Director of Finders Group Initiative  who analysed Human Rights and Leadership. He encouraged participants to master the laws in place, always stay right and take the imitative to advocate for justice whenever necessary because no authority (government) can ever supersede power (the people). He further examined twelve principles by which the youth could live in order to enhance peaceful coexistence.

Speaking on Peace, Security, Youth and Violence Extremism, Role of youth in Peace and Security, Madam Ada Mbah, CEO and Founder of Mother of Hope stressed on the fact that youth must be committed and productive to be able to enhance peace and security. She encouraged that young people should engage in entrepreneurship and positive social media activism by first always checking what they share on social media.

Madam Kuwung Luzette, CEO and Founder of Youth Empowerment and Resilience Network (YEARN) made her presentation into a practical group work session during which participants were shared into four groups and assigned various topics which revolved around Peace and Security. This resulted in very interactive presentations from participants who all defined peace, security and brought out various ways by which youth, women and other age groups could put in place to enhance peace and security in their various communities.

Examining the role youth and voluntary participation in building peace and security Ndifoin Beverly, representative of Noela Lyonga Foundation, Buea outlined the importance of volunteerism.

Coordinated by Mbain Derek Ayeah, Managing Director of Bookman Communications, Buea participants at the workshop were unanimous on the fact that young people should be drivers of peace and security in their various communities in whatever capacities they find themselves. Participants also organized themselves into a WhatsApp group through which they would continue sharing experiences and promoting peace and security in their various Communities.

In his closing remarks, the Executive Director of DRACAM, Mr. Jam Divine expressed satisfaction at the turnout and gratitude to Alert Fund for Youth and all other organizations working in collaboration with DRACAM.

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