Observing the U.S. Election: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Election Events: U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon

As submitted by embassy staff

In the sprint to the U.S. Presidential Election day, we organized a student-to-student exchange between 44 Cameroonian students and a dozen Chicago Lincoln-Way West high school students, focusing on their perception of democracy and youth engagement during electoral process. After the exchange, Cameroonian students had the opportunity to receive in-depth explanations on the U.S. electoral process and institutions. The program ended with a quiz to test the knowledge acquired by students during the program. We distributed copies of the e-journals “Many young Americans will vote in 2012 elections for the first time in their lives” and “More Than Elections: How Democracies Transfer Power” to the participants. This program contributed to the Mission goal to promote transparency and democratic governance, and to persuade future leaders to establish accountable government institutions.

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