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EDITORIAL: 2015 Will Be The Year For Young Leaders

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, since taking office has been visiting youth groups around the country to get first hand information on their programmes. One of his
10 Jan 2015 12:41

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, since taking office has been visiting youth groups around the country to get first hand information on their programmes.

One of his messages is, “Fiji’s youth is an important catalyst that fuels our country’s progress.”

He adds, “This means that for Fiji to move forward we must continue to prepare and engage our youths to be a part of this journey that Fiji has taken towards reforms.”

We have to invest in our youth.

Youths make up one-third of Fiji’s population and have the potential to make a difference in the community, improve current living standards and increase access for all in the development process.

The voices of young people are not often heard when it comes to decision and policy-making in political processes. To ensure young people participate in an effective way, it is crucial to develop the capacity of youths.

Our young men and women are the engine of our nation’s development.

Youthful energy must be conditioned and directed positively.

The energy that youths positively exert must be guided and provided with appropriate conditions and support in order for that energy to be sustained.

Last year, in all the Minister’s visits to youth groups, most of them had involved themselves in some small business programmes – bakeries, poultry farms and fish ponds.

He reminded them of the importance of registering with the ministry in order to receive assistance from all Government departments and ministries.

The bulk of the working age population that are unemployed are youths.

There are a lot of programmes available with the ministry to develop youth groups in order to generate income and develop young people.

Now as the New Year begins and with an increased budget the Minister will be sitting with the Permanent Secretary and the ministry’s senior management, to its policies to ensure effective delivery of services in 2015.

Let us hope that in this meeting more empasis will be on income-generating projects for youths to be self employed.

The meeting must also focus on stopping youth rural-urban migration.

Reliastically, youths are experiencing migration to urban areas. Most are low achievers in their education. Their results could not able them to join to colleges, university or vocational training and education.

There are many opportunities available for the youths and the ministry and stakeholders should tap into them.

 

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