World Peace Day-HEDECS Observe With B’da Prison Inmates

Inmates of Bamenda Central Prison taking part in sports

Cameroon joined the rest of the world to observe the International Peace Day which is observed every September 21st. The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace both with and among all nations and peoples. The theme for this year's international peace day was "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for all". This year world peace day as it is locally called, focused on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.                       

 In Bamenda, the commemoration took place at the Bamenda Central prison organized by  Health Development Consultancy  (HEDECS) that has been working with the Juvenile section of the Bamenda Central prison since 2015.                       

This year's celebration of peace day by HEDECS is in support of its "one day, one goal" initiative. Being Global leaders in sports for social impact, the commemoration by HEDECS at the Bamenda Central prison is within the frame work of its "football for change" program where sports especially football is used to impart values of peace, conflict resolution and equality.                       

This information was contained in an opening address presented by Mme Bolima Nancy CEO of HEDECS at the event. The event which began   at about 11am Thursday, September 21st witnessed activities like a parade, a poem on peace, a peace song, a sketch illustrating peace, visit to the various workshops traditional dance and a  football match.                       

According to Mme Bolima Nancy, the frequency in the involvement of juveniles in social activities will bring out their talents and prepare them for re insertion into the society and equally empower them socio-economically. She lauded the efforts of the penitentiary administrators for the collaboration HEDECS has received from them since 2015.     

Traditional dances graced the occasion.

Prison Officials and guest observing World Peace Day


The word prison may not really apply as it sounds for the only thing lacking in the lives of these juveniles is freedom. They undergo education, hand work in tailoring, shoe mending, mechanical engineering, gardening, information technology and lots more.                        

According to Asaah-Ngu Ndama Henry, senior administrator of prisons, superintendent in charge, the major set back which has grounded most of the workshop is lack of equipment. Those present at the ceremony were religious authorities,  representatives of divisional delegations like that of youths and sports, basic education and social welfare, representative of the Mayor of Bamenda I who all encouraged the juveniles to be self disciplined and undergo their reformation properly so that once their insertion into society, their lives will be made whole again.

By Pedmia Shatu Tita

Source: Bamenda Online

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