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Talanoa Time Helps Youth Development

Talanoa Time Helps Youth Development
Principal Youth Officer Eastern George Francis (standing) during the talanoa session. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports
September 26
01:35 2015

Participants at the 2015 National Youth and Sports conference enjoyed a talanoa session with the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.
While addressing the 400 youths Mr Tuitubou said he wanted to hear concerns directly from youths.
“One year ago, when I started as your minister I discussed with our senior staff that we needed to change the concept of delivering services. This is how we show our concerns to youth groups because we know that it is during this type of talanoa sessions that youths bring up some very important points,” Mr Tuitubou said.
The special guest at the conference was the Tuvalu Minister for Education, Culture and Sports of Tuvalu Fauoa Maani.
Issues highlighted by youth delegates were the independence of youth councils from provincial offices, the delay in of youth club reports by ministry officials and the upgrading of rural sporting fields.

Mini-gyms
Another proposal was the setting up of mini-gyms to assist in training and sports development.
Also brought up were requests for training workshops on current land legislation.
The theme of the conference, at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva, was “Empowering Youths to Sustain A Nation.”

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