Category Archives: Outreach Event

Commemorating SDG@3 in Yaounde, Cameroon

 The third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals was commemorated in Cameroon through a series of activities (Caravan, Open Day and official ceremony) from 21 to 25 September by the United Nations System in collaboration with the Yaoundé 6 Subdivision and youth volunteers of the Civil Society.

These events were aimed at

1. engaging the local population by increasing their knowledge on the SDGs,

2. inform youths of the Yaoundé 6th subdivision and promote their voluntary participation and commitment to the SDGs,

3. create new partnerships with civil society actors working to achieve the SDGs and mobilize these actors within the “Youth Kamer Volunteers 4 SDG” platform.

Commemorative events kicked off with a caravan on Friday 21 September, with the participation of more than 150 youths,

Open Doors Day on the SDGs – Saturday 22 September 2018

The stands were arranged according to themes such as;

Stand 1: Exhibition of communication tools on the SDGs

Stand 2: video projections (Success stories, videos about the SDGs)

Stand 3: Games competitions

Stand 4: MY World 2030

Mounted within the premises of the Yaoundé 6 Subdivision at Etoug-Ebé and animated by UN staff and volunteers from Civil Society Organizations, these stands exhibited SDG items such as posters, photos, video projection, roll-up, banner books, brochures, flyers. Continue reading

United Nations hails Nelson Mandela in Cameroon

“Human dignity is an important aspect to focus on in our society today, irrespective of our status, race, class, religion …it is indeed the bases for Human Rights as Mandela teaches us”, was echoed by Professor Fru Forbuzshi Angwafo III; Director General of the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital (HGOY) as he paid tribute to President Mandela. He made this statement as he welcomed participants at the UNIC Yaounde organized event to commemorate the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Day in Cameroon on the theme: “Take action and Inspire change” on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

The event kickstarted with a guided compassionate visit to some 67 patients of the hospital, to express Mandela’s love, compassion to human plight and worries. Participants shared words of encouragement, love with hugs and message of hope with patients.

Next was a conference talk on “Take action and Inspire change”, to exchange of information on Mandela’s legacy in reconciliation, unity, human rights, education, health and charity with the over 100 participants drawn from all works of life.

UNIC’s Jean Njita highlighted that Mandela day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Mandela; a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. “The question we should ask ourselves is what we are doing to make everyday a Mandela Day” he asked. He further urged participants to make each day a Mandela day, become Mandela day change makers by doing things that affect positive change everyday.

Mrs. Suzanne Awenti, Pedagogic Inspector for History and Citizenship at the Ministry of Secondary Education, thrusted that Mandela’s greatest driving force was his inspiration to take action and inspire change. To her, a great source of Madiba’s inspiration for change could be spelt out into four commandments drawn from biblical gospel of Mathew 22:37-40; Love God with all your heart and mind, love your neighbor as yourself, know thyself, know thy origination. She pined that to effect change as Nelson Mandela did, we must identify our area of strength, leadership action preferences, dream a new future, drive change, develop capacity, design strategy, desire for change.

Participants expressed their love and respect for Nelson Mandela through a series of passionate contributions. The video message of Nelson Mandela was projected, in which he called on the world to devote 67 minutes of time to helping other every Mandela Day.

UNSG Message: This was followed by the screening of the Video Message UN Secretary General on the 2018 Mandela day commemoration. Mr. Guterres urged the world to emulate the great servant leader Mandela

Invictus: Participants watched Nelson Mandala’s biopic “Invictus”; “INVICTUS“, a movie which portrays how Mandela used Sports (Rugby) to show strong leadership, and to reconcile South Africans around an ideal of success and Unite his people.

Guided visit to patients at the HGOPY:  https://youtu.be/4EuSc-39zWY

UNIC’s NIO; Jean Njita presents the Mandela International Day: https://youtu.be/VSMw1chHo_M

2018 Remember Slavery Commemorated in Yaounde

The 2018 International Day in Memory of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was commemorated in Cameroon on 26 March through an event organized by UNIC Yaounde, UNESCO and the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy on“Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”, at the National Museum in Yaounde. Key highlights of the event included;

  1. Panel Discussion

This talk harped on the genesis, context, struggles for freedom/equality and human right violations during slavery era. The main objective was to exchange information on Slavery and UN’s actions and conventions to completely eradicate discrimination, prejudice and racism today with mostly History students from Secondary schools and Universities in Yaounde, the NGO; ‘Pan-African Youth network for a Culture of Peace’ working on Bimbia Slavery cultural heritage site and Human Rights.

Mr. Christian NDOMBI; Cultural Affairs Officer at UNESCO pointed that the history of slavery and Transatlantic slave trade is that of silence, by the perpetrators of the act and the victims, due to shame. He added that UNESCO launched the “slave route” Project in 1980 to break the silence, with in-depth studies undertaken on the practice of slavery, to let the world know the ills of the transatlantic slave trade in a bid to wipe out modern forms of slavery. Mr Ndombi further emphasized that youths are targeted to let them know and remember what transpired during the slave trade not for revenge but for quality education so as to prevent a recurrence of such heinous and inhumane acts.

UNICs Jean NJITA said the United Nations is committed to help young people learn from the history of slavery and transatlantic slave trade in order to help fight racism and prejudice, for countless stories of enslaved children, women and men (such as the recent story of black migrants sold as slaves in Libya) still remains untold. “On this Day, the United Nations urges us to reflect on the inhumane and humane capacity that lies within us” he added, further calling on all to take the commitments spelt out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of the United Nations as a guide for the present and the future so that a more just and equitable world can be bequeathed to future generations.

Mrs. Dorothée Onguene; National Programme Officer at the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy presented a synopsis of the different UN Conventions such as the one on slavery adopted in 1926, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulates that no one is to be enslaved or held in servitude. She reiterated that slavery has not completely disappeared, as it is still being practiced through force child labour; forced use of arms by children; sexual exploitation of girls and pornography; with girls being forced to work to settle parents’ debt, domestic slavery. Mrs Onguene stressed that the UN has appointed a special rapporteur on slavery, to report regularly on issues related to slavery and bring help to victims.

Professor Raymond Asombang; Director of the National Museum lauded UN’s continued strives to completely eradicate Slavery. As a way to support this UN initiative, the national museum has also setup an exhibition stand on slavery and the transatlantic slave trade to showcase what really happened during the transatlantic slave trade, with light thrown on the phenomenon in Cameroon such as Bimbia, Bangou and Bapa slave markets.

During the question and answer session, questions asked with satisfactory answers from panelists included:

  • What is the real contribution of the UN towards eradicating aspects of slavery that still exist in Cameroon?
  • What were the sanctions taken by the UN in relation to what happened in Libya?
  • What has African states or Individuals done to eradicate this practice?
  • Does the commemoration of slavery and transatlantic slave trade not instead open up old wounds?

UNIC Yaounde provided information kits to the over 105 participants at the event containing: the UNSG’s message, brief presentation of slavery and slave trade, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, notebooks, storyline of the movie, etc… UNIC equally mobilized journalist to cover the event such as Ariane TV, Cameron Radio and Television, The Post Newspaper, Cameroon Tribune, Canal2 Television, Camer.be.

2. Poster Exhibition on the «A Legacy of Black Achievers»

Participants were led on a guided tour of the 25 posters exhibited at the entrance of the National museum in both English and French on the theme “A Legacy of Black Achievers”. UNIC’s Jean Njita presented a summary of the exhibition before delving into a poster by poster presentation, highlighting the achievements of each of the 23 notable personalities, and called on participants to emulate these models by working hard and excelling in their education, for they could achieve these things, then they also can.

United Nations Celebrate Mandela’s Life and Legacy in Yaounde

At a moment when Cameroon is going through difficult security issues and social unrest, when the English speaking regions are manifesting their grievances of marginalization by the Central Government in Yaounde since November 2016, Mandela’s example of leadership was preached as a model of compromise, negotiation and reconciliation for an all-inclusive society. This message of hope was echoed during an outreach event organized by UNIC Yaounde at the National Centre for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, at the Etoug-Ebe neighborhood in Yaounde. This Centre admits persons with different degrees of disabilities, most of them cases of emergency. This event comprised:

  • Guided visit to patients of the Centre
  • Panel discussion on The Mandela day themes
  • Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

Guided visit to patients of the Centre

 

To demonstrate Mandela’s love and service to humanity, UN staff and invitees, in 67 minutes paid a guided visit to 67 patients and persons with disabilities admitted in respective wards (Pavillon) of the Centre. During this visit, the patients received words of comfort, hugs and symbolic gifts from the Mandela change-makers. These gifts were composed of detergents, cubes of soap and toothpastes.

Panel discussion on the Mandela day themes

Mrs Grace Formuluh; Director General of the National Centre welcomed participants, lauded the UN for choosing the institution to celebrate Mandela’s legacy, as their daily actions reflect the Mandela philosophy of selfless service to humanity. She narrated the several material challenges of the Centre she heads, and appealed for more support from people of goodwill.

This was immediately followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jean Njita.

Mrs Bih Suzanne Awenti, National Pedagogic Inspector of History and Citizenship Education at the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC), who dwelt on the global theme of “Take action and Inspire change”.  She narrated Mandela’s iography, situating his lifestyle as that of a selfless man who sacrificed all forms of comfort for the wellbeing of his fellow South Africans. She traced Mandela’s life from birth through his actions within the African National Congress party (ANC), life in prison, and rise to power as President of South Africa. She emphasized that Mandela’s stewardship as President was that of reconciliation, and the building of an inclusive, free, just, and prosperous rainbow South Africa for all; Afrikaners, Africans, etc. This was manifested through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put in place by Mandela to heal the wounds of the apartheid era in South Africa, she added.

Dr Victor Manyim, Director of International Leadership University (ILU) centred his presentation on the 2017 theme: “action against poverty”. After a scholarly definition of poverty, he stated that poverty is understood in this context as a situation where “one who lacks income and cannot provide for his/her material needs”. He further added that poverty is increasing because root causes which are cultural and spiritual have so far not been sufficiently addressed. The University don in distinguishing between material and spiritual poverty, stated that spiritual wealth is the act of being rich (dignity) even though being materially poor, while spiritual poverty is the act of being poor (humble), even when one is materially rich. He called on the society to adopt an inclusive attitude, to reflect Mandela’s legacy in our daily life. For “it is only when the materially rich show humility and cater for the needs of the materially but dignified poor that we can bridge the gap and effectively fight poverty in our society

These exchanges were interspersed by sketches played by secondary school students, in which the achievements of Mandela were re-echoed. (see link: https://youtu.be/Rwm7gqycFmA). There was also a display of some sustainable items produced by students of Mario Secondary School to fight against poverty.

 Screening the movie; “INVICTUS”

During the same event, participants watched the movie; “INVICTUS“, which portrays how, Mandela used Sports (Rugby) to show strong leadership, and reconcile South Africans around an ideal of success, and brought about national Unity.

Educative Talk on 2017 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust in Yaounde

H.E Ran Gidor shares his family’s suffering and personal experiences on holocaust

For the 2017 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust, UNIC Yaounde organized an Educational talk and Poster Exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda”, with students of Lycée de Tsinga and Lycée de la Cité Verte , both in Yaounde on 27 January 2017 on the theme “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”. Panelists were His Excellency Ran Gidor; Ambassador of Israel in Cameroon and Mrs Dorothée Onguene representing the UN Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Teaching and learning about the Holocaust can sensitize students to the position of minorities. An analysis of the mechanisms that led to the Holocaust can help them realize the importance of accepting and appreciating diversity rather than seeing it as a cause for discord. It is only through education that youths and students can learn to filter the information they consume through the social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, skype, Youtube, etc… where most messages of hate are propagated today.
The educational documentary film; “The Path to Nazi Genocide” was screened for a better understanding of the holocaust atrocities and the over 75 participants made a guided tour of a poster exhibition on “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda” in English and French.

Outreach Event on the Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit at ASMAC 18 May 2016

Photo1As prelude to the upcoming Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit of 23-24 May 2016, UNIC Yaounde on behalf of the UN System in Cameroon organized an Outreach Event at the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC) Yaounde on Wednesday 18 May 2016. This event which brought together stakeholders in the humanitarian domain in Cameroon such as UN Agencies; (OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, HCR), and donors (Japan, US, France) was chaired by Ms Najat Rochdi; Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator.

Photo2Mrs Rochdi used global statistics on humanitarian crisis, to state the urgency of action by the international community and the raison d’être why UNSG Ban Ki-moon called this first ever Humanitarian Summit from 23-24 May 2016 at Istanbul. We must all be agents of change, and the WHS is the platform for everybody to take both individual and collective commitments to change. Students and media should commit through the social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). We must all defend the human values, for there is no colour, no nationality, and no borders in suffering she added, with a call for these values to be translated in homes, families, schools, community and society.

USAThe Representatives of the US Embassy, Japan, and France all pledged their continued support support through the United Nations in assisting the needy and victims of terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in the Far North region of Cameroon, and elsewhere in the country.

Photo3Max Schott (OCHA) painted a picture of the humanitarian situation in the extreme North of Cameroon, giving practical details on the Istanbul Humanitarian Summit. Felicité Tchibindat (UNICEF) highlighted efforts to restore the innocence of children abused by terrorists organisations as suicide bombers, child soldiers through psychosocial support to the Cameroon government.

HCRKhassim Diagne (HCR) cited some conventions on the protection of rights of Refugees to re-echo the importance for countries to respect them. Elvira Pruscini shows how WFP reinforces the resilience of humanitarian assistance by making assistance structures more adaptable to needs, designing assistance programmes which address the drivers of crisis and conflicts as a way of doing away with the causes.

UNICEFThese actors in turn pledged their continued support and stance by the Cameroon government in assisting the needy and committed themselves to say “ca suffit” (enough is enough) to human sufferings. Press kits on the Summit were distributed to media and participants at the heavily covered event.

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France  Japan

UN4U Educational Outreach Event at Siantou University Institute for International Women’s Day 2016

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UNIC Yaounde, on behalf of the United Nations System organized a UN4U Educational Outreach Event at the Siantou University Institute on 7 March 2016. The main objective of this Educational Talk was to share vital information on the 2016 theme with students and provide hints and tips that could help attain the 50-50 parity in gender equality in Cameroon by 2030.

Photo4The Present General of the Siantou University, Honorable Wantou Siantou Lucien welcomed the UN delegation. UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon; Mrs Najat Rochdi in turn encouraged students of the Siantou University Institute to be models in the respect of gender equality in their daily interaction as student, in their homes and the society.

Photo11Panel discussions were moderated by Mrs Rochdi, and different sub-themes were presented by panelists comprised of the following heads of UN agencies;

  • Adama Moussa (UNWOMEN) on “Women and Access to factors of Production”,
  • Mrs Felicité Tchibindat (UNICEF) on “Peace, Security and violence Against Women and Girls
  • Mrs Barbara Sow (UNFPA) on “Violence Against Women and maternal mortality”.

Photo5Panelists shared statistics on the situation of access to school by young girls, situation of Violence Against Women, and the importance of women’s access to economic opportunities. They equally shared knowledge and experience on some traditional and cultural obstacles to women empowerment in the area of maternal mortality and female genital mutilation, while spelling out some major advancement by Cameroon. Answers were provided to questions raised by students, with a call for the active involvement of youths and women (who constitute more than 51% of the population) for an emerging Cameroon by 2030, free of all forms of gender violence. UNIC distributed copies of the UNSG message and Information Kits to special Guests and the media.

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Educational Outreach Event on 2016 Holocaust Remembrance on 27 January 2016

UNIC's Jean Njita drills students on the 2016 themeUNIC Yaounde organized an Educational Outreach Event on “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”, bringing together students of Lycée Tsinga, Lycée Cité Verte, and Youth leaders. Guest Speaker was Mrs. Orli GIL, Minister Plenipotentiary; Chargeé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Israel in Cameroon.

UNIC’s KMA; Jean Njita stressed on abstention from discrimination, racism and religious intolerance, cautioning youths to filter information on social media, as most may be inspired to engage in uncontrollable vices.

Mrs Orli Gil presents the holocaust story to studentsMrs. Orli GIL emphasized on how the persecution and segregation of Jews by Nazi Germany caused large scale deaths, adding that remembering victims and honoring the survivors is a step towards rejecting hate speeches.

 

Student asking question on the holocaust During the question/answer session, students sought to have answers to the following:

  • Did Germany apologize to the Jews for these heinous crimes?
  • Are Jews free in Germany today?
  • Can a Jew get married to a German today?
  • Why did neighboring countries not stop Nazi Germany from carrying out this plan?
  • Why should Jews who suffered so much from such atrocities subject Palestinians to sufferings and refuse the creation of a Palestinian State?Student asking question on the holocaust

Mrs Gil provided answers to each of these questions, and even threw more light on other issues related to the theme, stating that the UN was created to stop such crimes, defend human rights and foster world peace and security.

Projecting “The Path to Nazi Genocide”The Path to Nazi Genocide” and the “Woman in Gold” were screened for a better understanding of holocaust and its consequences.

 

Projecting the “Woman in Gold”

  1. Mrs Orli GIL talks on the Holocaust at: https://youtu.be/fEVkdn9kRrY
  1. Mrs Orli GIL answers to questions at: https://youtu.be/p4tFEhZo64Q

 

Youth Outreach Event on the “Role of Youths in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”

UNIC Yaounde on behalf of the UN System in Cameroon, and in partnership with the Cameroon National Youth Council organized a Youth Outreach Event on the “Role of Youths in the Post 2015 Development Agenda” on 17 February 2015 at the UNIC Conference Room. This event was organised as part of activities to commemorate the 49th edition of National Youth Day in Cameroon, celebrated under the theme “Youth and the preservation of peace for an emergent Cameroon“.  The discussion with over 45 youth leaders was led by two panelists: the Resident Representative of UNFPA; Ms. Barbara M. Sow, and the President of the National Youth Council; Mr. Jean-Marc Mbafor.

Ms Barbara Sow urged the more than 45 youths present to focus on their roles as individuals, citizens, and as youth in making the world a better one.

Photo6      Mr. Jean-Marc Mbafor calls for institutions that enable youth to be part of the implementation

Mr.  Jean-Marc Mbafor expressed the need for the setting up of institutions that enable youths to be part of the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda.

The panelists and the participants agreed that entry points for youth participation in governance have to be created, and that youth need to participate actively in the development of Cameroon.

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