Lau­toka to host Youth Day

Gov­ern­ment now fo­cused on youths’ holistic de­vel­op­ment: Mar­itino Nemani.

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Acel­e­bra­tion to com­mem­o­rate In­ter­na­tional Youth Day will be held in Lau­toka to­mor­row.

The event, which is of­fi­cially recog­nised on Au­gust 12, is the day set aside glob­ally un­der the umbrella of the United Na­tions to com­mem­o­rate young peo­ple’s achieve­ments and set vi­sions and goals for them to achieve.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Youth and Sports Mar­itino Nemani said the theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion ‘Trans­form­ing Ed­u­ca­tion’ brings into fo­cus ef­forts to make ed­u­ca­tion more sig­nif­i­cant for all youths.

“It also high­lights the global vi­sion and part of the coun­try’s five and 20-year Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plans (NDP) to make ed­u­ca­tion

more rel­e­vant, eq­ui­table and in­clu­sive for all youth,” Mr Nemani said.

Cel­e­bra­tion in the coun­try started with the min­istry’s part­ners the UNDP ‘Youth Fest SDG+ Event’ and a ‘Cul­tural Night’ for youths, which was held at the Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific.

“Our part­ner­ship with our stake­hold­ers car­ries an im­por­tant as­pect of our ser­vice de­liv­ery to our youths and we plan to con­tinue this to en­sure ed­u­ca­tion progress and in­no­va­tion for our youths,” he said.

Mr Nemani also said that with the high pop­u­la­tion of youths in the coun­try, the Gov­ern­ment was now fo­cused on their holistic de­vel­op­ment and this was re­flected in the pro­grammes in place, fo­cus­ing on youth de­vel­op­ment and en­trepreneur­ship.

“This Gov­ern­ment has placed a lot of im­por­tance on the em­pow­er­ment of our youths through in­cen­tives such as the schol­ar­ship and loans pro­grammes, the young en­trepreneur­ship scheme and the var­i­ous mobile and spe­cific skills pro­grammes within the Min­istry of Youth and Sports,” Mr Nemani said.

“The Lau­toka event is to cel­e­brate and recog­nise our youth pop­u­la­tion. Our youths have done a lot and we have put up a pro­gramme to bring them to­gether and to com­mem­o­rate this im­por­tant day.” The pro­gramme will start with a march, led by the Na­tional Youth Band from Shirley Park, with Lau­toka-based Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments present at Churchill Park to pro­mote their pro­grammes. Source: Min­istry of Youth and Sports

Photo: Min­istry of Youth and Sports

Youths af­ter an em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme held at Naiso­go­vau in Tailevu.

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