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Education, Employment Important, Says Akbar

Young people need to be educated and employed, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar. She was addressing participants of the Post 2015 Development Agenda on Children
23 Jul 2015 18:12
Education, Employment Important, Says Akbar
Sitting from left: Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar and EU Ambassador to Fiji, Andrew Jacobs.

Young people need to be educated and employed, says Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.

She was addressing participants of the Post 2015 Development Agenda on Children and Youth in Pacific Workshop yesterday at TappooCity in Suva yesterday.

She said this was important as it would increase their chances to be successful in life.

“The main objective is to engage youth development practitioners on relevant themes and subjects that impact young people in the region such as education, youth migration and work opportunities, health and social care and domestic violence,” Ms Akbar said.

“This will also allow them the opportunity to be great contributors in their families, communities and will also prepare them for intergenerational difficulties that hinder their progress in life.”

She said the Ministry of Youth and Sports worked closely with the National Youth Council (NYC), a forum that represented youths from all over Fiji.

“The NYC was also very influential in the formation of Pacific Youth Council, a regional platform co-ordinating the “Voice” and “Needs” of all councils in particular for its members.”

She said, “It is in forums like this that the pro-active measure are developed and filtered down to communities to assist our young people with challenges affecting them.”

Ambassador and head of delegation for the European Union Andrew Jacobs said, “Children and youth are the key in developing a strong nation.”

“July is the month of “Children and Youth”, and it is in this context that we are here today in order to put the spotlight on youth in the Pacific and to discuss future challenges within the framework of the Post 2015 Development Agenda,” he said.

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