UNIC Yaounde co-organised with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education the official event to mark the 16th International Youth Day in Cameroon on the theme: “Youth Civic Engagement” on 12 August 2015. The ceremony took place at the Yaounde City Hall and presided by His Excellency Bidoung Mkpatt, in the presence of the Minister of Basic Education; H.E Youssouf Adjija and H.E Catherine Abena Ondoua; Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.
Mr. Jean Marc Afessi Mbafor; President of the Cameroon National Youth Council said that “Youth have a role to play as active citizens, for youth engagement entails contributing to building democracy and the nation as a whole.” Mr Mbafor promised that they will ensure the success of the ongoing national civic education campaign. Christian Ndombi, Representative of UNESCO read the message of the UN Secretary General; Ban Ki-moon and that of UNESCO’s Director General; Irina Bokova. In his message, Mr Ban “In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world.”
Minister Bidoung Mpkatt called on young people in Cameroon to rise up to the terrorist challenges facing the nation from the Boko Haram group. He called on youths to show their concern by joining the blood donation campaign launched in Yaounde, meant for soldiers wounded in the war against Boko Haram. He further urged youths to report any suspicious people in their midst to the authorities, insisting that “Cameroonian youths must all be united in combating Boko Haram terrorist group”. Bidoung Mpkatt said that this year’s theme was very timely, given the ongoing national civic education campaign, stating that youths must actively contribute to proffering solutions to national issues.