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Delana Shifts Focus To Gender Equality

  The Ministry of Youth and Sports plans to expand its training courses at Naqere Training Centre in Savusavu and Naleba Youth Training Centre in Labasa. During his recent visit
19 Dec 2017 10:00
Delana Shifts Focus To Gender Equality
Graduates of Naqere Youth Training Centre with the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana (middle-sitting) during the graduation in Seaqaqa on December 15, 2017.

 

The Ministry of Youth and Sports plans to expand its training courses at Naqere Training Centre in Savusavu and Naleba Youth Training Centre in Labasa.

During his recent visit to Vanua Levu the Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana, said the aim was to convert thesefacilities to cater specifically for young women’s programmes.

Courses include catering and pastries training, sewing and pattern designing, screen painting, beauty therapy, tourism and hospitality, traditional arts and cultural industry programmes.

“For too long, our training seems to have focussed on our young men,” Mr Delana said.

“In line with our Constitution and the principle of gender equality, we hope to now focus on our women.

“I hope this exciting plan will come to fruition, but we have to wait and see what the budget is able to cover.”

After the devastation, caused to major infrastructure, by Tropical Cyclone Winston the trainers and staff responsible for Cakaudrove, with the ministry’s support, have increased the trainee intake from the normal 20 to 30.

Last week 29 youths graduated from the centre after four months of intensive training and practical outings to communities.

They managed to construct more than 10 homes with the building materials available to them.

Mr Delana revealed that his ministry wants to expand its Naleba Youth Training Centre in Labasa.

“If we are successful, we will be able to provide training in carpentry, joinery, welding, fabrication, plumbing, electrical and mechanical just to name a few,” he said.

“Such an expansion will be exciting as we give meaning to the Look North Policy and help young people meet the demands to expand our economy in the North.”

The ministry is determined to help young people gain skills to contribute to the economy.

Edited by Percy Kean

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