Some 100 conscripts of the 8th batch of the National Civic Service Agency for Participation in Development have received end-of-course certificates at the end of their one-month training in Bamenda.
The 100 conscripts were trained in civic and moral education, sports and physical education, and the prevention of violence and conflicts.
According to the North West coordinator of the National Civic Service Agency for Participation in Development, Chick Barnabas, the socio-political context of the North West encouraged them to concentrate on the basics of conflict resolution.
“We find a lot of violence in schools and in communities and we think preparing these youth as agents of change, they are going to multiply the effects of this training”, Chick Barnabas said.
Since 2014, over 1400 conscripts of the National Civic Service Agency for Participation in Development from the seven divisions of the region have been trained.
The National Civic Agency for Participation in Development (ASCNPD) is a program initiated in July 2012 by the Ministry of Youth and Civic Education. The idea behind it was to give Cameroonian youth an avenue to participate in nation-building and development by exercising their civic rights through projects that encourage sustainable development and self-employment. The agency strives to offer economic empowerment schemes and pieces of training for Cameroonian youth and provide the participants with micro-grants of less than 1 million FCFA to start their small ventures.