More than 50% of the Cameroonian population is made up of young people. Around 8 million children and youth seek food, education and employment in a country marked by increasing poverty. Much of the well-trained youth are trying to leave the country to seek employment in Europe or the United States. This situation is a real threat to Cameroon because the country needs these young people who could be an engine of development. This peace is more fragile with the breakdown of trust between parents and young people.
There is thus a crucial problem of training and equipping young people to become actors of social change, to build a society of justice and peace by rebuilding the system of trust in order to benefit from the relay of the class leader.
It is in this sense that the International Creative Promotion Circle (CIPCRE), with the support of EED, through the SCP professional program, initiated in 2011 a program which it has dubbed “Theater for the peace “in order to respond not only to the internal needs of CIPCRE in terms of a transversal tool for facilitating and decompartmentalizing working units, but also to the reality of the local context of intervention, which is dominated by oral tradition. Theater is thus the tool that will allow people to express themselves better, to exceed their limits and to optimize their capacities in terms of communication, insurance, discovery of oneself and others. It is thus a universal language which, by associating the verbal expression of the chant and the corporeal of the dance, makes it possible to make history and stories live while provoking changes.
Developing and implementing such a concept has become an essential strategy for awareness, education and personal development and the participation of the beneficiaries it supports, especially since, as stated by the SG “It is not enough to teach children to read, write and count. We must also teach them respect for others and the world in which we live, and thus promote the advent of more just, more open and harmonious societies. “
The overall aim of the “Theater for Peace” project is to contribute to the consolidation of peace in Cameroon through the promotion of theater as a tool for animation, education and communication for use by CIPCRE and its partners . The specific objectives are:
The expected results related to the project objectives were: A Mobile Theater Troupe is created and operates to support the activities of CIPCRE; CIPCRE’s partners have appropriated theater as a tool of animation and awareness.
To achieve the above-mentioned results, the following major activities have been planned:
As foreseen in the project, our work is divided into two parts: the training of CIPCRE’s partners in theater for animation, education and awareness-raising in various fields related to peace and creation and animation of a Mobile Theater Troupe to support CIPCRE’s awareness campaigns through the creation and deployment of a mobile theater intervention troupe.
For the first part, 14 trainings have been organized for the benefit of our partners:
As for the second part of our objective, to direct and animate a Mobile Theater Troupe to support CIPCRE’s awareness campaigns through the creation and deployment of a mobile theater intervention troupe , after several casting sessions, 16 young people were selected. Among them are 3 young people who do not attend school and 13 young schoolchildren at Lycée Classique Bafoussam, Lycée Bilingue de Bafoussam, Collège Saint Thomas and Collège la Confiance. There are also Protestant and Catholic Christians as well as Muslims identified in parishes and mocked. Thanks to the support provided by CIPCRE, the Mobile Intervention Troop meets every Monday afternoon for rehearsal sessions. These meetings are held at the CIPCRE headquarters and to date, three (6) scenes have been set up by this troupe, focusing on the sexual rights of children and particularly on the themes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and sexist discrimination, school violence and the peaceful management of conflicts between farmers and stockbreeders. The presentation of these scenes with a view to raising awareness, educating and informing the general public and CIPCRE’s partners in rural areas and schools has started well. It should be noted that at the same time, we use theater a lot in our training, education and educational activities, because this tool allows us to easily break the ice and open the debate. We also use it to illustrate our lessons in Citizenship Education. All these activities are accompanied by follow-up missions to inquire into the effects and impacts of training and other activities, the difficulties encountered by the partners in implementing the achievements in order to improve and better guide our future interventions .