National Strategic Plan Targeted Multiculturalism nThe National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is working to come out with recommendations to send to the Head of State.
After analysing and evaluating the situation of multiculturalism in Cameroon as at now, the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism will come out with recommendations on the National Strategic Plan for Multiculturalism in Cameroon that will be sent to the Head of State. The Chairperson of the Commission, Peter Mafany Musonge made the declaration at the Yaounde Mont Fébé Hotel on April 24, 2019 at the start of a two-day colloquium on the theme, “Cameroonian multiculturalism at the crossroads: between tradition and modernity.”
The general objective of the colloquium was to analyse and evaluate the evolution of multiculturalism in Cameroon in order to draw up a national strategic plan and a draft law on multiculturalism. The experts and participants at the colloquium will by the end of today, April 25, 2019, specifically establish the situation report of multiculturalism, carry out a survey and re-examine Cameroon’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, identify minority groups and the origin of such situations, propose solutions for the establishment of a Cameroonian cultural identity.
They would also make proposals for sound inter-cultural dialogue in Cameroon, as well as identify short and long term salient actions to be carried out and establish the responsibility of every actor concerned. Speaking as he chaired the opening ceremony, Mr Mafany Musonge said emphasis should be laid on two underlying issues. The first is the state of affairs of multi culturalism in Cameroon. This concerns national languages and cultures, political and legal framework for multiculturalism, teaching national languages and cultures and the preservation of cultural and immediate heritage.
The second issue was actions to be undertaken to render multiculturalism efficient in Cameroon. He said the actions should be geared toward defining the peculiarities of the Cameroon cultural identity, identifying means of preserving and perpetuating the cultural and immaterial heritage and defining strategies to promote multiculturalism in Cameroon. The vision of the colloquium, he said, was to contribute a necessary quota towards inter-culturality.
“The Cameroon of tomorrow, the one which the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Mr Paul Biya, so much calls for will be an intercultural Cameroon,” he justified. He rejoiced that the few rare deviations observed in the cohesion of the various cultures in Cameroon were minor. He however, condemned the growing and disturbing language deviations and the promotion of ethnocentrism and sublimation of tribalism amplified and displayed in social networks and media.