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Ministry Reps Trained To Help Young People On Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Officials and representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Divisional attended a weeklong workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). at the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development
12 Dec 2017 11:00
Ministry Reps Trained To Help Young People On Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell with participants from the workshop.

Officials and representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Divisional attended a weeklong workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). at the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD), in Nadave recently.

The Training of Trainers workshop was funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and was also co-facilitated by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NASAAC), Rainbow Pride Foundation and Empower Pacific.

The workshop has equipped and trained Ministry staff on ways to deliver the training to young people and complement the work carried out by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS), NASAAC and other Civil Service Organisations.

The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Alison Burchell, stressed that it was imperative for the Ministry’s staff to be able to assist young people and guide them according to their needs.

“It is very important that our Ministry is able to recognise the signs that young people exhibit and be able to refer them to the relevant stakeholders and experts for assistance,” Ms Burchell said.

“One of our core roles is also to empower young people to be able to stand on their own and be able to make their own decisions.”

Ms Burchell further said there was a need to build an all-inclusive society where youths feel empowered and are equally able to respond to the challenges they face.

Also present at the closing ceremony was UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake and UNFPA Youth Specialist Marija Vasileva-Blazev who both expressed their support for the training and the focus on empowering youth in this important area. The workshop was held from December 5 to 9.

 

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