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Deliver The Best For Our Youth: Tuitubou

Deliver The Best For Our Youth: Tuitubou
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou flanked by participants during the closing of the Western Division Stakeholder Consultation Workshop at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on May 11, 2018 . Photo: Peni Komaisavai
May 14
13:56 2018

Young people are urged to take the responsibility of learning and developing themselves to be the future leaders that Fiji wants them to be.

Minister of Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou is optimistic that the identification of a positive approach to Fiji’s youth development will be utilised for their benefits.

“Positive youth development is focused on what is needed for young people to develop skills and attitudes you need now and in the future,” Mr Tuitubou said.

He was speaking to some youth group leaders in the Western Division during the closing of their Stakeholder Consultation Workshop that he officiated at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Friday night.

“Evidence indicates that a young person’s personal attributes both protects us from risky behaviours and promote attitudes and actions,” Mr Tuitubou said.

“They are a stronger predictor of whether a young person will engage in negative risk taking behaviour than either their social or demographic profile.”

Mr Tuitubou highlighted youths often build on their experiences of childhood that generate the foundations of adulthood.

“The years from 15 to 35 are a critical stage for young people so in order to thrive, young people require a range of attributes (competencies, knowledge, experiences, behaviour and beliefs) that support them to make positive choices,” he said.

The interaction of these characteristics, Mr Tuitubou said had a significant effect on the development process, life experience and outcomes.

“Therefore they need to be carefully considered in a youth development approach,” the minister said.

Youths are urged to take the responsibility of learning and developing themselves to be the future leaders Fiji wants them to be.

“Reassess, re-evaluate and rethink if need be – we must ensure that we deliver the best for our youths,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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