Cameroon Youth Day

Cameroon Youth Day

February 11
This national holiday in the west African nation of Cameroon celebrates the country's young people. School children and youth groups participate in parades, often accompanied by university students in marching bands. Government officials watch the processions, along with many other onlookers. Businesses sell food and merchandise along the parade routes. Many schools and youth groups also organize art exhibits and sports activities.
The theme of Youth Day is to encourage Cameroon's young people to renounce violence and other unsavory behaviors and to embrace education, sports, and artistic activities. The country's president traditionally makes a nationally broadcast speech on Youth Day, commenting on the achievements of the country's young people and outlining the government's plans to improve education and youth employment opportunities.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Cameroon
2349 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-265-8790; fax: 202-387-3826
www.ambacam-usa.org