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More than a document

Sheenal Sharma
Thursday, December 06, 2012

THE National Youth Policy (NYP) is not just a document but a way forward for the development of young people, according to acting senior youth officer Shailendra Prasad.

Speaking at the National Volunteer Conference in Suva, Mr Prasad said the policy was in the implementation phase after Cabinet endorsed it this year.

"After Cabinet's endorsement, we have involved most of the organisations working with youth and youth programs in the multi-sector co-ordination committee," he said.

Mr Prasad said the multi-sector committee had been divided into eight sub-committees which comprised organisations working with youths.

He said the sub-committees would monitor implementation of the NYP objectives.

"The reports we receive from the eight sub-committees will be compiled and submitted to the multi-sector co-ordination committee to gauge the overall implementation of the NYP," he said.

Mr Prasad said the NYP had provided the platform for the ministry to improve current programs.

"Come 2013, we want to see that our ministry's programs are aligned with the policy objectives," he said.

Fiji Council of Social Services director Hassan Khan said all civil society organisations and government departments needed to use the policy to assist the young people of Fiji.

"No policy will be effective without the full participation of the people," he said.