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Challenging issues

Litia Vulaidausiga
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EXCLUSION from traditional decision-making processes and financial constraints were some of the challenges highlighted by youth advocates attending an advocacy-training workshop in Nadi last week.

Citizens Constitutional Forum youth co-ordinator Alzeema Bano said the 10 participants, including two from the Central Division, belonged to different youth groups from religious and environmental circles.

"According to discussions on the challenges faced back in their groups and communities, one of it is youths' decision-making processes for the main communities, especially where the environment is concerned," Ms Bano said.

"The young people are not included in the decision-making but the consequences are faced by them, so the exclusion of youths from these issues is challenging."

Other constraints include limitations to resources and funding.

"Some of them are in schools, working part-time so for a whole group to go out and do a project is a bit difficult. And one of the other challenges faced is that education is quite expensive so for them to actually get certification in a particular community work goes back to finances."

She said while some of them had been doing community work ever since finishing high school, it did not necessarily pay their bills.

"They have mentioned that they have very supportive families that keep encouraging them because it is what they are passionate about."

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