January 17, 2020

Community Education, Empowerment and Development

Our mission in the area of Community Education, Empowerment and Development (CEED) is to give young people the opportunity to showcase their abilities and join together as a team promoting development in their communities.

This programme area offers local, national, and international residents, community agencies, and institutions the opportunity to partner actively to provide educational, financial, human, and material resources to enable youths to be effective leaders in the execution of their duties.

CEED also fosters economic development by empowering young people with the necessary entrepreneurial skills to run their own income generating activities and small businesses, allowing them to be self-reliant and reduce the rate of unemployment.

YOP’s Village Free Library in Bamendankwe broadens the knowledge of many in-school and out-of-school youths through access to information on the world at large, while providing an environment conducive to study and research. Since the start of the crisis in the North West and South West that has disrupted over 90% of schools in these regions, the library has been closed until further notice.

Through voluntary service, young people in various local and international communities experience new cultures and informally educate their peers in prisons, schools and the community.

YOP’s Community Education through Sports events give youths the opportunity to exhibit their abilities and develop a competitive team spirit.

All these activities allow for peer education on crucial issues such as life skills, gender imbalance, sexual health, and environmental protection, enabling youths to live responsible lives, make informed decisions, engage in the fight against HIV and AIDS and gender inequality, and protect their environment.

Through community education, empowerment and development, youths in many communities have undergone several trainings that have given them knowledge in health education, gender issues, leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills; helping them to be self-employed, live responsible lives and volunteer their services to develop their communities. This has gone a long way towards fostering development in Cameroon.