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Education Key To Solve Youthful Woes

Education Key To Solve Youthful Woes
Yaqona ceremony to welcome the chief guest Acting Commisioner Western Division Joji Satakala (inset) at the University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus on July 13, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
July 16
11:02 2018

Providing youths with oppor­tunities to expand their stud­ies will combat many prob­lems that surround them.

Acting Commissioner-Western Division Joji Satakala raised this sentiment during the Public Sec­tor Seminar at the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) 50th An­niversary celebrations at Lautoka campus yesterday.

Mr Satakala said youths dropping out of high school tended to create a lot of problems.

“Just because youths of today, who drop out of school are unem­ployed, they end up in the wrong places,” he stated.

“It is everyone’s role to look after the vulnerable members of our so­ciety.

“It is our role to create awareness in our societies that there is a bet­ter life away from the wrong plac­es. A way that can help you live a decent and proud life.”

Mr Satakala urged everyone to up­grade their education levels as well because it was the way forward.

Lautoka campus director Dr Pramila Devi said that the campus had been reaching out to people and communities in terms of providing quality education to everyone.

One of the programmes initi­ated by the campus was the Youth Employment Network (YEN) pro­gramme.

Components under this pro­gramme include development in caregiving fundamentals, project management, workplace leader­ship, professional development and community outreach.

A question posed by a stakeholder present at the seminar from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT) representative Rusieli Mua asked how the USP and MITT could work together.

This is to incorporate the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) organised by MITT and the Youth Employment Network (YEN) pro­gramme organised by USP.

In response, Dr Pramila Devi said that the YEN programme was administered on the needs assess­ment of people. However, she was open to the idea of working together with the ministry in order to make learning accessible to everyone.

“We can discuss and co-ordinate it,” she said.

USP Lautoka campus stu­dent officer Arti Archana said that the YEN programme was in place to help fellow Fijians earn a living for themselves.

The theme of the three-day cel­ebrations was “Festival of Learn­ing”. It ended on Saturday.


Edited by Percy Kean


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