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12 Accepted for Major World Youth Programme

Twelve Fijian youths have been accepted by the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan as Fiji’s representatives on the 29th Ship for World Youth Leaders Programme from January 17
14 Oct 2016 11:00
12 Accepted for Major World Youth Programme
A Japanese delegation led by Shun Obu (right), at Nasoqo House in Suva recently. Photo: DEPTFO News

Twelve Fijian youths have been accepted by the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan as Fiji’s representatives on the 29th Ship for World Youth Leaders Programme from January 17 to March 3 next year.

The Fijian delegation to the Ship of the World programme consists of seven males, including its team leader, and five females.

Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou said the government of Japan through its Cabinet Office and the Embassy of Japan invited Fiji.

“It came through our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we gladly accepted as we recognised the benefits for our Fijian youths. We are also pleased at the balance of men and women in the delegation,” Mr Tuitubou said.

The 12-member Fijian youth delegation will join 240 youths from 10 countries in Japan from January 17 to 28 for orientation and pre-departure training before they board the ship at Yokohama port.

“The 33-day voyage will take the Ship for World Youth from Yokohama to Vanuatu for refuelling and to Auckland, New Zealand. From New Zealand, the Ship is expected to arrive into Fiji on Friday February 17 for port of call activities before it departs again on February 20.

“We are delighted and appreciate the government of Japan for the invitation extended to Fiji and the opportunity to host youth delegations from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Tonga, Ukraine, and Japan,” Mr Tuitubou said.

“I call on the youth selected to take this opportunity with both hands and to learn about other cultures and traditions while sharing the wealth of the Fijian culture and tradition.

“This programme provides motivation for our young people to immerse themselves in learning what it takes to be a leader in our global village and I look forward to hearing of their exploits on their return as they share them with their peers.”

Source: DEPTFO News

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