Youths empowered

Ratu Mosese Volavola share his views at Lutu village in Wainimala, Naitasiri yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

ABOUT 100 participants from nine villages around Fiji and three provinces gathered at Lutu Village in Wainimala, Naitasiri yesterday to showcase their German donors what they have learnt during a series of workshops that have been undertaken around Fiji during the past three years.

Representatives from Bread for the World travelled up to Lutu Village along with their local counterparts Social Empowerment Education Program (SEEP) heard first-hand from villagers how they have benefited from approximately 100,000 euro ($F246,140) funding.

Ratu Mosese Volavola who hails from Yadua Village in Cuvu, Nadroga said the workshop enabled them to learn about Performance Monitoring Tools and how it will keep their organisation on track.

Speaking in Fijian, Mr Volavola said educators from SEEP taught the youth how to effectively manage and run their youth organisation.

“Me vaka na kena vakayagataki matau ni lavo, na kena maroroi, na kena risititaki, na kena vakacurumi nai lavo e bula, koya keimami a sega tu ni kila se matata tu vei keimami na kena cicivaki na veisoqosoqo kei na kena lawa e tu ka keimami mai vulica ena nodra mai veivakararamataki na SEEP ka keimami vakavinavinataki ira na lewe ni working group na siga vinaka nikua (We were taught how to manage our finances wisely, how to save money, how to account for everything by way of receipts, depositing money in the bank – these were things we did not have much knowledge about and we are grateful to SEEP for empowering us.)”

He said villages needed good governance and leadership and also financial literacy workshops conducted by SEEP to help the youths move forward and enable them to venture into new business that will last a lifetime.

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