Created in 2009 to be the speaker of the more than 11.000 youth organization in Cameroon, the Cameroon National Youth Council (CNYC), is a national forum for consultation, expression, coordination, dialogue and action of youth’s organization in Cameroon. Since its birth, the institution has contributed in harnessing youth participation necessary for Cameroon to reach emergence by 2035.
It is an apolitical and nonprofit making institution under the umbrella of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education. Its objective is to empower the youths by giving them the responsibilities through which they can express themselves and their plight to government. Through this council, youths are guided to carry out activities in a very responsible and cohesive manner.
In the Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region, the Council’s Divisional Delegation has been able to contribute enormously in the fight against climate change through the planting of tress, the maintenance and rehabilitation of some earth roads. They have provided scholarship for youth formation and orientation. They have organized capacity building seminars and workshops on health, HIV/AIDS and a sensitization campaign against terrorism. They equally run a youth empowerment program on the Donga Mantung Community Radio. Youths who distinguished themselves in different domains were rewarded with the price of excellence.
The activities of the CNYC has been vital for the development of Youths in Cameroon. It is funded by government, member’s contributions and fines. It is impartial and independent giving the leeway for youths to air out their grievances.
The institution is now headed by fashion designer Fadimatou Iyawa Ousmano who was elected on April 1st, 2018 as the first female president of the organ. She took over from John Afesih Mbafor. Participation in to the elections was opened to all registered youth associations, movements and groups in Cameroon that have the quality to asses and evaluate, advice and propose youth driven projects and programs. The acting president must learn to work apolitically with the leadership, bridge generational gap and ensure a better relay between the old and the younger generations. She now has the daunting task to foster dialogue among youths, public authorities, the civil society, foreign and international organizations and tending to the needs of youths who are the hearts and kidneys of every developing nation.