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Working with Central African youth to build a better future

A difficult neighbourhood

We are here to work for the youth of our neighbourhoods and villages. And it is with them that we must work to make their future better.

Véronique Mbesse-Dmjeby, Director of the Youth Home Bimbo

Improving the range of activities

Before the Bêkou project, Veronique's youth centre offered only a few educational talks to raise members' awareness of social issues and provided a small library.

Now, thanks to the training received and the continuous coaching of two outreach agents from COOPI, the NGO that implements this project, an action plan has been adopted. The offer of activities has expanded and the quality has improved: « The work is easier, I feel more confident and I know I have the ability to understand the needs of the community of our young people here and organise more specific activities for them," she says.The result was soon observed: "We also noticed a more participatory approach either on the part of the staff or young people."

Integrating the most vulnerable through literacy activities

About the project

In 2019, there were 2.5 million young Central Africans aged between 10 and 34, nearly half of the population. Many young Central Africans have either dropped out of school or never attended one. After the political-military events that swept through the country, infrastructures such as youth centres were looted of their resources. The weakness of the education system, the lack of activities for young people and a deteriorating socio-economic situation directly affect these young people who lack prospects.

Through its project "Youth, hope of the Central African Republic: Masséka békou ti Bé-Afrika", the EU's Bêkou Fund supports 17 youth centers (soon 18) and the main institutions in charge of youth since 2021. As Mr. Iddo Malessembe, the sub-prefect of Bossangoa affirms, thanks to the project, the Youth Center of Bossangoa is "reviving". In addition to this sub-prefecture, the project is implemented in the north (Paoua, Bozoum) but also in the capital Bangui and its outskirts, as well as in the center (Bambari, Bria and Sibut).