Mobilising the Youth on Environmental Protection and the Climate Change Debate.

Climate change and environmental management has left no one indifferent. The environmental protection and the climate change debate is one of CAMYOSFOP latest programs initiated in 2011. The program is aimed at mobilizing and sensitizing the youth and the general public on the best practices of environmental protection that will go a long way to improve on the climatic conditions of our planet earth. On this basis in 2011, CAMYOSFOP through the funding of the Global Green Grants (GGF) and the support of the Cameroon Climate Change Adaptation Program, and the Global Water Partnership, Cameroon, organized a regional workshop on climate change for youths of the South West and North West of Cameroon that resulted in the putting in place of a youth network to tackle the effects of climate change especially mainstreaming them on Reducing Emission of carbon dioxide, Deforestation; and Degradation (REDD). Activities of this network are still in an infant stage but it is hope that with the momentum brought by the Conference of State Parties (COP 21) on climate change that recently held in Paris, France the network will be able to take advantage of the outcome document of the conference.

 

In 2015/2014 CAMYOSFOP benefited from another funding from the Embassy of the United States of America in Cameroon and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to engage children and youth on the protection of Cameroon’s biodiversity. Through the project, CAMYOSFOP mobilized 10 primary schools to participate in an excursion to the Mvog Betsi Zoo in Yaounde and to paint the best animal they saw in the Zoo. The 10 primary schools that participated in this activity were:

  1. Peace Home Primary School
  2. Ecole Primaire de Mvog-Betsi
  3. Franky Academic Complex Primary School
  4. Ecole Primaire Bilingue les Chapelains
  5. Holy Infant Primary School
  6. English Elementary School
  7. Saint Francis Bilingual Primary School
  8. Jumping Jacks Primary School
  9. Mada Dominion Bilingual Primary School
  10. Mount Zion Primary School

At the end of the painting competition, the following were winners:

  • Samienta Emmanuela from Top International Primary School who came first and was awarded the prize of 25.000frs;
  • Ayuk Etang from Jumping Jacks Primary School, came second and he took home the prize of 15.000frs;
  • Moungang Joshian from St. Francis primary School came third and went home with the prize of 10.000frs.

20 secondary schools were also selected to participate in an essay competition on the promotion of Cameroon’s biodiversity with the topic being: ‘How does climate change affect biodiversity?’

The 20 Secondary schools that participated in the essay competition were:

  1. Holy Infant secondary School
  2. Mevick Bilingual Grammar School
  3. English High School
  4. Oxford Secondary School
  5. Lycée Bilingue d’Application
  6. Collège de la Retraite
  7. Lycée Bilingue d’Etoug-Ebe
  8. Lycée d’Elig-Essono
  9. College Privé Montesquieu
  10. Lycée de Nkolndongo
  11. Lycée Bilingue de Nkol-Eton
  12. Lycée Technique Charles Atangana
  13. Lycée General Leclerc
  14. CETIC Ngoa-Ekelle
  15. Mario Academic Complex
  16. Lycée Anguissa
  17. Christian Comprehensive Secondary School
  18. Lycée Bilingue d’Ekounou
  19. Amity International College
  20. Lycée de Biyem-Assi

At the end of the competition the following came out as winners of the competition.

  1. Aboyoyo Beatrice Eldia from Lycée Bilingue d’Etoug-Ebe (1st Prize). Received a trophy and a cash prize of 100,000 FCFA
  2. Tsala Obama Hyacinthe from Collège Montesquieu (2nd Prize). Received a trophy and a cash prize of 60,000 FCFA
  3. Beryl Sandra Gejung from English High School (3rd Prize). Receive a trophy and a cash prize of 40,000 FCFA

The project also involves sensitization with communication tools and above all Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed with 5 community and thematic radio stations to run talk shows on issues of biodiversity and climate change. The radios engaged were:

  1. Radio Environnement in Yaoundé;
  2. Radio Health International in Yaoundé;
  3. Radio Femme in Mbalmayo;
  4. Bui Community Radio, Kumbo, in the North West;
  5. Ocean City Radio, Limbe the South West.

CAMYOSFOP at the moment is presently looking forward to mobilizing more partners and funding for further engagement of the Cameroonian youth on environmental protection and the climate change debate.

For details on CAMYOSFOP activities on environmental protection and climate change, log on resources and click to reports:

  • Report on the climate change workshop
  • Report on engaging children and youth on Cameroon’s biodiversity
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