NewSETA organizes the 5th Edition of REPAIR (Rebuilding Peace through Actions with Inclusive Reach)

REPAIR is an initiative of the Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All (NewSETA) funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Washington DC – USA. It is an annual youth peace and democracy series intending to deepen young people’s knowledge about peace and democracy while fostering a culture of active youth participation and leadership. Based on the need to promote young people’s active participation in democratic governance and political structures in Cameroon, the REPAIR series supports young activists and organizers as thought-leaders and allies in crafting solutions and new youth-focused approaches to democracy and its challenges in our society.

The 5th edition was focused on “Youth participation in local governance and sustainable development.’’ The training was structured to meet new changes in the governance system in Cameroon with the signing into law of the bill on decentralization by the Head of State. Some modules taught during this Capacity building programme were: — understanding Cameroon’s Public Investment Budget; decentralization and local governance; the Special Status as a third option; youth participation in local governance and sustainable development; community mapping; social auditing; the impact of conflict and peace in local governance and development; project proposal writing; etc.

Each Edition or REPAIR is broken down into two semesters, and in between these semesters, each participant is given the opportunity to build his or her leadership and organizational skills by carrying out a step down (Pass-it-on) activity in their place of residence or region of origin, as a means of strengthening knowledge of our democratic values among peers.

The just ended first semester of this 5th edition was facilitated by very impactful and experienced Leaders in Cameroon including, Hon Gaston Komba (Member of Parliament, Founder/President of the Youth Parliamentary Network), Mr. Tanjoh Fridrick T (Outgoing Mayor, Batibo Council), Yaa Gladys Shang Viban (Former Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy Yaounde), M. Rene Ahanda (Director in the Ministry of Youths and Civic Education), Dr Ashu Nyenty (Chief Political Correspondent, Presidency of Cameroon), etc..

On February 11, NewSETA Launched the Arms Down campaign (A national extension of the AU’s Silencing the Gun Campaign for 2020). This semester ended with a revamp of this Campaign, calling on all parties to the conflicts rocking Cameroon to drop their arms, especially those involved in the restive Anglophone (North West and South West) Regions; and also calling for a stop in the use of small arms in secondary schools by students, which has in recent times endangered the lives of many even leading to death of some teachers.

NewSETA’s Executive Director Mr. ATEKI SETA CAXTON in his closing address to this young Cameroonians exhorted them to be at peace with themselves, living at peace with their neighbours as means of achieving peace in the broader world.

These Young Cameroonians will be gathering again in June for the Second and final semester of the fifth edition.