Youth Violence in Schools and Communities in Cameroon: A Call to Parenthood.

Youth violence is Violence involving young persons, typically children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24years. The young person can be the victim, the perpetrator, or both. Youth violence includes aggressive behaviors such as verbal abuse, bullying, hitting, slapping, or fist fighting. These behaviors have significant consequences but do not generally result in serious injury or death. Youth violence also includes serious violent and delinquent acts such as aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and homicide, committed by and against youth. In addition to causing injury and death, youth violence undermines communities by increasing the cost of health care, reducing productivity, decreasing property values, and disrupting social services.
Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for young people in most communities in Cameroon. About 55 percent of the youth population in Cameroon is affected by youth violence. Youth violence comes from all socioeconomic levels. These youths face emotional and behavioral problems.
Most couples go through hell to have children but most children are not properly raised up. Most parents have failed in inculcating useful values in their children. These children from birth are closer to their nannies and grandmothers instead of their biological parents. They grow up hardly having affection for their parents. These so call parents who are still physically fit go about in search for knowledge and lucrative jobs. But of what use will this be come when you come back and don’t have children to spend your time and money with?

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Preventing violence in young people is a critical public health goal to all Cameroonians because violence inflicts a substantial toll on the youths, their families, and communities. Young people may often experience multiple risk factors, which may be interdependent. For example, family breakdown may be a factor which may itself contribute to other problems such as offending behavior. They also are more apt to create discipline problems in class, use drugs, and engage in criminal activities. Those who engage in youth violence may engage in other risky health behavior or become victims themselves. Most of our youths now take a drug known as tremor and they possess deviant behavior. They now beat up their teachers and move with knives in schools. School violence is a subset of youth violence, a broader public health problem. Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, against another person, group, or community, with the behavior likely to cause physical or psychological harm. Youth Violence typically includes persons between the ages of 10 and 24, although pathways to youth violence can begin in early childhood. Examples of violent behavior include: Bullying, Fighting (e.g., punching, slapping, and kicking) Weapon use, Electronic aggression and Gang violence.
School violence may occurs on school property, on the way to or from school, during a school-sponsored event and on the way to or from a school-sponsored event. High-profile school shootings have increased public concern over student safety. The students at higher risk for a school-associated violent death include those from racial and ethnic minorities who attend urban high schools.They are involved in rape cases, prostitution, tattooing, cigarette smoking and a high consumption of alcohol and sachet whiskey commonly called kitiko, fighters and lion Dore which is high in methanol. A good example is the case of the upper sixth student of Starlight College Nkwen who was sapped and killed by another student with a knife. Another case was reported in CCC Mankon and GHS kejimkaku where the discipline master was beating up by students, his Okada destroyed and offices invaded report cards and official documents destroyed. Students now deflated the tyres of their teacher’s cars. In other schools we find student slapping discipline masters and kicking the principals. Adolescents can experience violence within the context of a dating relationship. This may occur when one person in a relationship uses abusive behaviors to demonstrate power or control over the other person. Dating violence includes physical violence, sexual assault, and verbal or emotional abuse. High dating rate of young girls with okadah riders. Some youth are afraid to go to school because they feel unsafe. The health of most communities is also negatively affected by youth violence.
Youth Violence begins from childhood when we are not there to shape the minds and behavior of our children. Most youths have lost the security and protection their parents. Most of them feel rejected and lonely. We are hardly there for them. We need to understand the situation of our children and show them more love and attention especially to those that come from families that are plague with poverty, ignorance and irresponsible parenthood. We are Imagine a world where all children born by 2015 needs to walk through homes and schools which are ready to equip, empower, respect their rights and keep them safe from violence.
We as Parents may be the cause of our children’s predicaments.

Beware! Be warned!

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