The Cameroon Community Media Network(CCMN) has extended it’s branches to other regions, giving it a national feel. This was done during a strategy development training of trainers workshop organized by the PCC in collaboration with Bread for the World and ZFD (German Based) in Buea under the theme “Future Challenges for the Community Media Sector and the CCMN”. Initially, the network existed in the North West region and West region as one chapter and in the South West and Littoral regions as another chapter. During the training of trainers workshop that held in Buea from the 2nd to the 6th of December, other new chapters were created under the CCMN. These chapters include; Center, Grand North (Far North, North & Adamawa), Littoral and West regions
While opening the 5day strategy developement workshop in Buea, Rev Mokoko Mbue Thomas, Communication Secretary at the PCC and National Peace Coordinator, explained the reason why
the CCMN had to go national “the stakes are high, reasons why the PCC has taken the commitment to extend CCMN to other regions of Cameroon. Community Media is a powerful tool as they use the language the people best understand”.
As the workshop closed on day 5 and the new regional chapters were born, a national executive was equally created.
Heading the national coordination team of the CCMN is Rosaline Akah Obah, Station Manager of CBS Radio Bamenda and Regional Coordinator of CCMN North West. She is closely assisted by Mariama Njayou as Programme Officer, Rekiatou Musa Njingi as Finance Officer, and Kum Leonard as Communication Officer. Regional coordinators were equally appointed to head the newly created chapters of the CCMN.
At the end of the workshop, the participants who had been trained to be trainers in their different regions, were well equipped with knowledge on Peace Journalism, Conflict Sensitive and Humanitarian reporting, Mis-information and Dis-information, Conflict analysis and transformation, amongst others. They were equally given an insight into the organizational structure of the CCMN with a mission to establish branches of the network in their respective regions. They were later handed certificates to attest that they were fully equiped for the task that lay ahead.
By Moma Sandrine