Cameroon – Mimboman, the periphery that offers opportunities for growth

20 November 2019

(ANS - Yaoundé) - Mimboman is a new semi-residential working-class neighborhood of about 20,000 inhabitants on the outskirts of Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. Here the Salesians have been present since 1992, active, as always, in education, formation and support for young people, especially the poorest. In the field of vocational training, they have launched an interesting project to train young media professionals and now they have decided to invest in this sector with great courage.

In the city of Yaoundé, many young people are unemployed, the informal economy is highly developed, especially in the commercial sector, and for many families, income is at the level of mere survival - which makes it difficult for life in school to last. Add to this a growing social insecurity, accompanied by highly developed social mobility phenomena.

In this context, the work of the "Don Bosco" center is broad and articulated, and develops through the "Mary Help of Christians" parish, the youth-oratory center and the school complex, which in turn includes a secondary school and a Vocational Training Center.

Among the flagships of the latter structure are two different elements: the section on "Audiovisual Editing" and the work procurement office inside the center, created by the Salesians to help students in the difficult phase of entering the local job market.

At the moment, the section on "Audiovisual Editing" hosts about 20 young people per class, who after successfully attending a 9-month training cycle, obtain a certificate issued by the Don Bosco center and a Diploma of Professional Qualification (DPQ) issued by the State.

But to further improve the quality of the training offered - in a sector such as audiovisual editing, which requires constant updating - the Salesians of Mimboman have asked for help from international benefactors and have devised a multi-stage project, the first of which will be to purchase two new MAC editing desks.

In this way, they expect to offer students greater chances of success in the labor market.

But even if they encounter difficulties, they will be assisted by the employment office of the “Don Bosco” center, which offers all students an internship inside private firms and always remains in contact with the graduate students to monitor their condition after completion of their studies.

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ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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