In line with the current academic school year which has effectively started in the entire national territory but for the English speaking regions of the North and South west, François Louncény Fall, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) has appealed for the resumption of schools in the above mentioned regions of the country.
Fall made the appeal shortly after a 35-minute audience Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute at the Star Building.
The United Nations Special Representative for Central Africa appealed to the people of the North West and South West Regions to encourage the education of their children which he says is a fundamental human right.
He said, “I want to seize this opportunity to address an appeal to all the people in the South West and North West in order to allow the children to go back to school. By closing the school, they are condemning the children and their future. I think the future of the country is the children.”
He averred that the United Nations sees Cameroon as a development and security pillar for the Central African Region. As such, the UN Secretary General is particularly interested in the efforts being taken to restore peace in the troubled English-speaking regions.
His words: “As you know, the Secretary General of the United Nations pays great attention to Cameroon. For Mr. António Guterres, Cameroon is the pillar of the security and development in the Central African region. We present a report on the situation in the Central African region twice a year to the Security Council members and the last report was presented in June. And of course, Cameroon was in the good place of the report. And I informed the members of the Security Council on the efforts made by the government in order to foster dialogue with all the people in order to find a sustainable solution to the crisis in the South West and North West.”
It can be recalled that François Louncény Fall presented a situational report on Cameroon at the United Nations Security Council in June 2019 and is currently consulting authorities ahead of the next UN General Assembly in New York.
Fall’s mission falls in line with a special political mission in the Central African Region. He is taking stock of the situation in the Central African region. The region faces threats like Boko Haram in Cameroon’s Far North Region and the socio-political upheavals in the North West and South West Regions where civilians are bearing the brunt and education is in jeopardy.
Source: Cameroon info.net