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FNU Partners AIESEC to Back Youth Empowerment

‘Youths are the future of this country and AIESEC’
05 May 2019 17:20
FNU Partners AIESEC to Back Youth Empowerment
Youth participants at the Youth Speak Forum at FNU Namaka Campus. Photo: FNU

Fiji National University (FNU) hosted the 2019 Fiji Youth Speak Forum with the theme “Decent Work and Econom­ic Growth” to actively engage, and inspire youth in Fiji on the impor­tance of entrepreneurship.

The Youth Forum is an event organised by the Association In­ternationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Com­merciales (AIESEC), the world’s largest youth-run organisation.

It is an international non-govern­mental and not-for-profit organi­sation that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experi­ences across the globe.

The organisation brings together young leaders and business lead­ers for a dialogue around youth contribution to the global agenda from Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 8.

FNU student Apisai Nagi at the Youth Speak Forum.  Photo: FNU

FNU student Apisai Nagi at the Youth Speak Forum. Photo: FNU

FNU students had an opportunity to interact with senior leaders and to be part of a movement to gen­erate actionable ideas that will impact the world and to stand up to make a difference in relation to SGD 8.

President of the AIESEC organ­ising committee Abdul Mufeez Shaheed thanked FNU for its sup­port and for providing a platform for youths to engage in meaningful dialogue relating to youth entre­preneurship.

“Youths are the future of this country and AIESEC, being the largest youth-run organisation, is committed to ensure that youths are provided with the avenues to become the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

Mr Shaheed adds that plans are now underway to open an AIESEC branch in the Western Division.

The panellists for the forum were Asia Development Bank’s (ADB) Shruti Mehta, who spoke on “Em­powering Youth to Achieve the SDGs”; International Labour Or­ganisation’s Edward Bernard, who gave a presentation on “The State of Youth and Decent Work in Asia and Pacific”, and John Trew from Plan International, who spoke on “The Final Push for Decent Work for All”.

A brainstorming session was fa­cilitated by Peter Loewi, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, Iris Caluag of Plan In­ternational and Elijah Mario from UNDP, which gave an opportunity to youths to deliberate on what de­cent work mean and what are the challenges facing youths while ac­cessing decent work.

Opening plenary session  during the Youth Speak Forum at FNU Namaka Campus.  Photo: FNU

Opening plenary session during the Youth Speak Forum at FNU Namaka Campus. Photo: FNU

 

FNU Bachelor in Hospitality and Hotel Management student Apisai Nagi was excited to be connected with other youth delegates and to have a clear view on youth initia­tives such as entrepreneurship.

“I have more knowledge and a clearer view on how youths can implement new ideas and actively support youth initiatives,” he said.

The Youth Speak Forum is taking place in conjunction with the 2019 Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Nadi.

 




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