Training police officers, gendarmes and judges on the rights of the child

Atelier d’instructeurs - 2014

In everything we do and in our work, we must put the best interests of the child first.
Mathurin Zapa, gendarme in Cameroon

Project duration : 2012 - 2014

Project in brief:

Involved since 2009 in the development of an integration project for mandatory training on law enforcement intervention in matters of children’s rights, Cameroon began implementing the action plan in 2012 that it had developed in Niamey the year before. The project was part of the cooperation programme between UNICEF and the Cameroonian government, with technical support from the IBCR.

Our goals:

The first goal of this project was to integrate high-quality, permanent and compulsory modules on child rights and protection into judicial, police and gendarmerie schools in Cameroon for both initial and specialised training.

In the first phase of the project in 2012, a situational analysis of the training of security forces was conducted and a development plan for the initial training toolkit was implemented. The first version of the training manual for trainers was also produced.

The training toolkits were then validated in the second phase of the project in 2014, and 30 instructors received training that would allow them to provide that same training in police and gendarmerie schools in Cameroon. Finally, the development plan for the training toolkit for judges was validated, which then led to the creation of the toolkit and to training for trainers.

  • Intervention locations : : Yaoundé, Douala and Buea, Cameroon
  • Project duration: 2012 à 2014
  • Partners :
    • UNICEF
    • Government of Cameroon
  • Highlights:
    •  30 trainers were trained in the police force and gendarmerie
    •  Almost 100 girls and boys aged 12 to 22 took part in interviews in Yaoundé, Douala and Buea as part of the situational analysis
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Capacity building
    • Training leadership
    • Children and the justice system

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