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Youths respond

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE Social Democratic and Liberal Party says it has received a large number of submissions form youths and these would be incorporated in the party's manifesto.

Party youth council president Peter Waqavonovono confirmed submissions to the party youth manifesto closed yesterday.

* Response:

Mr Waqavonovono said the youth manifesto received a large number of submissions.

He said submissions were also received online from overseas members.

Mr Waqavonovono said the council met yesterday to sift through the submissions and start work on the manifesto.

He said the submissions were not limited to individuals, as youth and women's groups also sent submissions.

* Issues submitted:

Mr Waqavonovono said the issues ranged from socioeconomic issues to diverse challenges faced by youths in the country.

He said the submissions said education without a unified education system or standards could inturn affect the outputs of the free education assistance.

He said some people were not convinced with the country's free education system.

Mr Waqavonovono said the school infrastructure and teaching methods in rural schools had great disparities from urban schools.

He said not all students were covered under the free bus scheme as a lot of students still walked home.

Mr Waqavonovono said, through submissions, a lot of the country's youths called on for the reinstatement of the Fijian Affairs Board scholarship or a general scholarship scheme based on merit.

* Support:

Mr Waqavonovono said young professionals in the area of human rights, employment opportunities, youth progression works and education and governance had offered their support in preparing the youth manifesto.

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