As part of the activities of the 23rd edition of International Youth Day (JIJ), celebrated on August 12, 2022, the Ministry of Youth and Civic Education organized in its meeting room, a HANG-OUT ( virtual exchange meeting) between young people from the 10 Regions of Cameroon and the Diaspora.
Building on the theme of the celebration namely: “Intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages”, the purpose of this activity was to facilitate exchanges between young people in order to identify strategies for solving problems concerning them.
The Minister of Youth and Civic Education, Mounouna Foutsou in his opening remarks of this forum, began with the context of the celebration of the 23rd edition of the International Youth Day. From there, he salutes the dynamism of the Cameroonian Youth whose initiatives and actions are visible and impact their communities. Speaking of the theme of the day which is "intergenerational solidarity: creating a world for all ages", the member of the government makes it known that this theme invites us to solidarity between generations for inclusion of all and collective participation in attainment of our common destiny. "We must consider this celebration as an opportunity to address social issues and social balance," he said. It is on a note of optimism about the recommendations that will emerge from these exchanges, that he declared open the intergenerational HANG-OUT as part of the celebration of International Youth Day.
Following the Minister, the exchanges between young people from various backgrounds took place under the moderation of Micheline EKANI épse Atanga, Technical Advisor N°1 at MINJEC. These will be followed by a series of recommendations given by the young leaders present and online for those in the diaspora. Among other things, we note that emphasis must be placed on mentoring in order to facilitate the integration of young people; Link young people to the fate of dependent elderly people; Passing the baton to the new generation by transmitting knowledge and know-how to the youngest; Create activities that promote mentoring for development; Set up at the Ministry of Youth and Civic Education an interdepartmental media watch unit in order to prevent evils affecting young people...
Inaugurated on December 17, 1999, following the approval by the General Assembly of the United Nations of the recommendation of the World Conference of Youth Ministers held from August 08 to 12, 1998 in Lisbon, International Youth Day, should- il le dire was set up with the aim of popularizing, especially among young people, the World Program of Action for Youth (PAMJ) for the year 2000 and beyond. This celebration, which has become customary, is a moment of reflection on youth and the promotion of its initiatives with a view to increasing its contribution to development, in view of its demographic weight and its potential.