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The National Youth
Camp For Peace 4th Edition

The National Youth Camp for Peace (NYCP) is an annual summer holiday initiative by Women in Alternative Action (WAA) Cameroon and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). The NYCP is an opportunity for young people to learn about peacebuilding, develop their valuable life skills, and make a difference in their communities.

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Objectives

The main objective of the NYCP is to build peaceful, just and resilient youth leaders for the next generation. The specific objectives of the NYCP are to:

  • Equip young people with knowledge and skills on peacebuilding and nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution

  • Educate youths on nation-building and peaceful coexistence as alternatives to violence

  • Offer space for youth networking and information sharing

  • Guide youths on career choices, entrepreneurship, sexual health and menstrual hygiene

Skills developed

Some of the skills that youths develop as a result of attending the youth camp are:

  • Communication skills: The camp helps youths to improve their verbal and nonverbal communication skills, such as listening, speaking, writing, and body language. They learn how to express themselves clearly and respectfully, and how to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

  • Teamwork skills: The camp fosters a spirit of collaboration and cooperation among the participants. They learn how to work together in groups, share responsibilities, support each other, and resolve conflicts constructively. They also learn how to appreciate diversity and value different perspectives.

  • Problem-solving skills: The camp challenges youths to think critically and creatively about various issues and situations. They learn how to identify problems, analyze causes and effects, generate solutions, and evaluate outcomes. They also learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios and contexts.

  • Leadership skills: The camp empowers youths to become leaders in their communities and agents of change. They learn how to set goals, plan actions, motivate others, and take initiative. They also learn how to advocate for their rights and interests, and how to influence positive change in their society.

  • Peacebuilding skills: The camp educates youths on the principles and practices of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. They learn how to prevent violence, promote dialogue, build trust, and transform conflicts. They also learn how to respect human rights, democracy, and citizenship.

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