Better World Cameroon Youth Program (BYP):
Better World Youth Program (BYP) is a programme delivered under the auspices of the Department of Common
Wealth, Ministry of External Relations MINREX and the Cameroon One World
Linking Association (COWLA). It involves youth in Cameroon and other countries around
the world. Participating youth from other Youth Exchange programs, independent
volunteers and development professionals live and work together with youth from
Cameroon in a community
garden called Ndanifor Community Garden Project (NCGP) situated in the
outskirts of Yaoundé, capital city of Cameroon. They exchange ideas and
experiences on global environmental issues and visit the extraordinary rich and
diverse cultural groups of the country (Cameroon has over 250 ethnic groups and
is often referred to as Africa in Miniature while the Youth Development NGO
Better World Cameroon (BWC) is a microcosm of Biodiversity Conservation and
custodians of traditional lifestyles and inspirational ways of thinking for
Within this youth alternative environment, visiting youth can broaden their African perspective,
broaden their environmental education and help give something back to the
community by helping teach children Art, Music, Language or Maths, while mutual
understanding and friendship is being promoted.
Together, they foster the spirit of international cooperation and global citizenship and develop the ability to put it into practice.
The objective of the programme is to nurture a New Breed of Youth who can demonstrate
leadership skills in various fields of sustainable
By creating and stimulating the concept of a global millenniumnvillage where youth can experience living
together in a concrete and practical level, personal networks from a youth
perspective and young people’s cooperative activism is promoted. These and
other important outcomes grow out of BWC’s perspective of nurturing youth
leadership resources, and tangible nature care contributions on a global scale.
Something that we continually strive for-”A BETTER WORLD!”.
BYP was created in 2006 as a result of a collaborative effort between Better World Cameroon and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London.
Our overall goal is to be internationally recognized as a centre where the concept for global citizenship can be enriched and strengthened.
BYP for 2011 involves NCGP, two educational foundations, an orphanage and school for the blind.
Administrator: Joshua Konkankoh, National Coordinator, Better World
Cameroon; Executive Secretary, Cameroon
One World Linking Association (COWLA)
Deputy Administrator: Susan Agbor, President Better World Student’s Nature Club.
Administrative Staff: 5 other Members
The administrator represents Better World and other affiliated Cameroonian institutions
and works with related government Ministries to facilitate Visa, Travel and Security
The Deputy Administrator Assists the administrator and ensures participant’s security and welfare
The Administrative Staff receive directives from the administrator and are responsible for implementing the programme.
· Ibrahim Ndzesop - Cicil Society Desk officer Commonwealth Department, MINREX
· Josephine Nanjoh - Ministry of Youth Affairs
· Emmanuel Ngungoh - British Council Director
· Professor Mbangwana - Fulbright Fellow University of Yaoundé 1
DUTIES: The advisors share the responsibility of educating the participating youth in line with the purpose of
the programme. Besides being an adviser himself, the chief adviser from MINREX
convenes the advisers
The administrator negotiates with the participating foreign organizations and independent participants, operational costs.
Selection of Foreign participating youth
The qualifications of external participating organizations and independent candidates are as follows:
a) Must be able to communicate in English or French
b) Must be between the ages of 18-30 years
c) Must have been involved in youth activities locally, professionally or through school or youth
organizations, and who can be expected to remain committed to such involvement
upon returning from the programme, and have the discipline to live in a group.
d) Possess basic knowledge or skill in areas such as Art, Science, Culture, Music and IT
e) Must be able to show appreciation and understanding of African values and Cameroon’s Cultural Diversity.
Selection for Cameroon Participating Youth
a) Must be 18-30 years of age
b) Must have been successful in the New Breed Selection Test
c) Must fully understand the meaning and purpose of the programme and be acceptable to act in
harmony with the group and respect the vision and values of Better World
d) Can contribute greatly to the various activities for promoting sound development of youth and
play an active role in international exchange in the area of their commitments,
occupation, and school or youth organization.
There is a lively participatory 3 day training session held at the Better World Cameroon Head Office in Yaoundé to ensure all participating youth
fully understand the objectives of the programme and mentally prepare them for
the fundamentals of what global citizenship and care for the planet involves.
· Biodiversity conservation, Organic gardening and Field trips, Human investment in community development
· Workshops: Role
of youth and environment, Volunteerism, Cross-culture understanding, Corporate
Responsibility, Working with special needs children, exhibition, sport and
recreation, Press activities, Fare well dinner.