Buea, 22 August, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops who are part of Cameroon's Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province have, in a collective message, decried the increasing cases of drug abuse and violence in schools in the Central African nation.
In their Sunday, August 21 statement, members of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC) urge the government to “intensify sensitization on the damaging effects of indulging in the abuse of drugs and in violence.”
They express concern about “the growing frequency of drug abuse and violence registered in schools all over the Country in the course of the 2021/2022 School Year.”
“Such acts of self-destruction can seriously compromise the attainment of the goals of education in schools,” the Catholic Bishops of the five Episcopal Sees located in the Cameroon’s Anglophone regions say.
In their collective statement that the Catholic Church leaders at the helm of Bamenda Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Kumbo, Kumba, Mamfe and Buea Dioceses issued at the end of the 73rd BAPEC meeting, they advocate for “a holistic approach that engages all the stakeholders in the domain of education.”