This inspiring involvement comes from an individual who is part of the Online Youth Exchange. During this program, Eric, worked with others to discuss environmental issues, doing comparative studies, and became informed of the realities faced in other countries. Most importantly, there is a great deal of discussing solutions. Attached is Eric’s solution to empowering the youth by teaching them that challenges can be transformed into opportunities!
“Eric Mbotiji, a youth leader from Cameroon, took a trip to the northern region of his country to find out about the situation of the primary school education and these are the images he brought (attached below). There were children sitting on stones to learn. The class rooms are made of thatch grass and the unbearable heat from the sun makes learning not conducive. I was told by the head mistress of this school that when there are torrential rain fall, it blows away he thatch class rooms and this makes learning not consistent. My dream has always been to put in place libraries in these schools encourage readership and research among pupils.”
Inspired by this story, Eric went on to help the children and young adults maximize their potentials, build life, and most of all, build a legacy!
Attached you will find pictures of young people in Cameroon on an adventurous journey to the water falls in Bambili. They went out to connect with nature, experience it’s glory, have fun and learn about the 17 SDGS of the United Nations. During this time they learned a lot of skills, on team building, communication and advocacy. They were led on this journey by a seasoned youth leader Eric Mbotiji. He is the brain behind the program to inspire young people to get fresh inspiration from nature. He is one of the coordinators of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards Cameroon and chapter president for Net Impact Bamenda Professional Chapter. He says on every adventure journey, “they always learn something new and equally learn new ways of advocating for the environment.”