By DOH JAMES SONKEY
In the absence of the organisation of Children Parliament in Cameroon this year due to the prevailing situation of the Corona virus pandemic, junior parliamentarians decided to storm Government Bilingual High School Essos in Yaounde with sensitisation messages on the dangers of COVID19.
Within the framework of the commemoration of the 30th edition of the Day of the African Child on the theme “Access to justice adapted to children in Africa,” the Centre Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Social Affairs launched last June 16, 2020, with financial support from the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, a two weeks sensitisation campaign for young people in and out of school environment in the Centre region.
In a ceremony chaired by the Governor of the Centre Region, Naseri Paul Bea in the presence of the Centre Regional Delegate of Social Affairs, Rachel Sylvie Edimo Mbappe and officials of UNICEF in Cameroon, the Junior Parliamentarians said they will for two weeks take the sensitisation campaign to other schools on the dangers of the Corona virus pandemic in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, the Governor saluted the initiative while expressing optimism that it will reawaken consciences of children. “We hope that the coming in of Junior MPs in the fight against COVID19 will produce positive results especially as youth make up 60% of our population.”
Talking to The SUN, Hon. Ambe Precious Anasthasia, a 2018 Junior MP for SW region said “We came here to sensitise our mates on the dangers of COVID19 and the importance of respecting barrier measures both in school milieus and at home so that we can remain safe, protect our families and society as well.”
On her part, the Centre Regional Delegate of Social Affairs, Rachel Edimo Mbappe explained that “since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic, children are among the most exposed people due to their carefree attitude, the non-respect of prescribed barrier measures and even inaccessibility of sensitisation messages for others. Given that classes resumed for others since last June 1, 2020, it is therefore important to reinforce actions undertaken for this social category in and out of schools.”
She stressed that the initiative is intended to implicate the young in the fight for better results.