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Youths call for empowerment

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A FEW youth groups on Taveuni are appealing to the Youth Ministry for more workshops to include youths in other villages and settlements on the island.

Naqara youth Miliakere Misimoa said most of the youth empowerment workshops on the island were focused on young people of Somosomo Village.

Ms Misimoa said other youth groups felt neglected and it would be grateful if empowerment workshops and income-generating projects were shared with them.

"On the same note, we are still thankful to the ministry for bringing these sort of programs to youths in rural settings," she said.

"We just feel that they need to include youth groups like ours."

Bouma youth Viliame Ratakele said youths in his area also needed guidance and empowerment workshops.

Mr Ratakele said with proper guidance and assistance from the ministry, youths in his area would flourish and learn to be independent.

Responding to the concerns, divisional North youth officer Ioane Soko asked youth groups to bear with them because they would be included in later programs.

"We have just started with a few youth groups on the island including those in Qeleni, Vuna and Delaikatoba settlement," he said.

"We are currently assisting six youth groups and we will include the other youth groups in our campaign too.

"Youth groups need to register with us at the ministry before we can work with them."

Mr Soko said they would be on the island next week and he urged youth group representatives to contact their youth officer at the provincial office in Somosomo.

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