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New Juvenile Centre Opens

The Minister for Social Welfare, Dr Jiko Luveni, said the new juvenile centre wouldl create an enabling and caring environment for the rehabilitative care of juvenile offenders. Dr Luveni officially
17 Sep 2014 07:28
New Juvenile Centre Opens
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (standing third from right), staff and residents of the Golden Age Home during their thanksgiving dinner at the home on December 13, 2019. Photo: Laisa Lui.

The Minister for Social Welfare, Dr Jiko Luveni, said the new juvenile centre wouldl create an enabling and caring environment for the rehabilitative care of juvenile offenders.

Dr Luveni officially opened the new Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre at Samabula, Suva, yesterday.

The newly-renovated boys centre has been possible through an investment of $120,000 by the Government.

“The Government is strongly considering a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centre to be built to enhance and develop skills for boys and also include street children, knowing too well that we have to craft a more solid programmatic approach for the street kids,” Dr Luveni said.

Seventeen-year-old Alma Radrodro said  he has learned a number of things while at the centre.

“I learned how to do gardening and how to look after myself and I miss my family but I’m hoping that they will accept me readily,” Mr Radrodro said.

The centre, at Lakeba Street, caters for nine  boys.

A total of 166 children are currently under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and are looked after at the nine residential homes in Fiji.

Priority for the Department is to ensure that these children are provided with quality care for their holistic development.

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