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Tuitubou Addresses 5th Minister Of Youth World Forum

Busan, Korea: Fiji’s efforts in developing the youth population in the country was presented on Thursday at the 5th Minister of Youth World Forum by the Minister for Youth and
11 Jul 2015 12:18
Tuitubou Addresses 5th Minister Of Youth World Forum
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou at the 5th Minister of Youth Forum. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

Busan, Korea: Fiji’s efforts in developing the youth population in the country was presented on Thursday at the 5th Minister of Youth World Forum by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

Mr Tuitubou said as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), these forums offered the chance to showcase to the world the pursuit for development targeted towards the Fijian youth population.

“The significance of this conference is immeasurable as it cannot be over emphasised due to the prevalence and subsequent presence of social and economic problems that are derived from the absence or lack thereof of sound characters and values in our youth population,” Mr Tuitubou said.

With the forum’s theme being ‘Character Education: Present and Future,’ Mr Tuitubou said there was a need to revitalise young people.

“In today’s drastically changing global society, coupled with the need to revitalise and strengthen the weakening mindset of today’s youth around the world, the need for character education is all the more relevant.

“Presently, the Fijian Government has put in place programmes to instil virtues and values on our young people. Through the Ministry of Youth and Sports-facilitated programmes such as the Seeds of Success and accompanying empowerment programmes, we have identified key areas for our youths to implement in order to actively grow,” Mr Tuitubou said.

While addressing Youth Ministers and educational leaders from 50 countries, Mr Tuitubou also mentioned the programmes that were being undertaken to help Fijian youths.

“The notion of a well-disciplined youth population is also being worked towards through the conducting of disciplined training in most primary and secondary schools in Fiji by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.”

He said in the coming years schools and the Ministry’s training centres would undergo this training with the thought that a disciplined pupil was an ideal student who had been imparted with values required to address social issues.

 

How Fiji can address poverty

Fiji needs to emulate the Saemaul Undong model of Korea in order to address poverty and other related issues.

This was the sentiment shared by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, after visiting the birthplace of modern Korea, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

“This visit was encouraging and it also posed a challenge as well for us to witness firsthand how the Saemaul Undong model was the foundations for what the Republic of Korea is now,” he said.

“Fiji needs to implement the principles of the Saemaul Undong model in order to alleviate poverty and to live peaceful lives.”

Mr Tuitubou reiterated the principles of independence, diligence and collaboration that set the Saemaul Undong apart and this was also needed for Fiji’s context.

“The pioneers of the Saemaul Udong in Cheong-do village worked independently without any assistance and they worked with diligence and collaboration as a community.”

Saemaul Globalisation Foundation chief executive officer Lee Ji Ha said Korea was one of the poorest countries in the 1960s and that the Saemaul Udong model paved the way for improvement.

“It is one of Korea’s representative brands as it is a valuable intellectual property which can be shared with people around the globe, all we ask is for your continued interest and participation in the effort to globalize Saemaul Udong which is aimed to improve the quality for all and build a prosperous global village,” Mr Ha said.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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