Youths, the hope and future of Fiji: Mervyn

From left to right: Rupeni Yabakivou, members of Ignite4Change Broderick Mervyn and Eremasi Narawa. Picture: SUPPLIED

YOUTHS can make the world a better place just by being the person that the public would like to meet, to talk to because youths are the hope and future of this nation, Fiji.

Youth Advocate and President of Ignite4Change Broderick Mervyn made this comment while speaking at the Centennial Celebrations of the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela.

The South Africa High Commission in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific had organised Mandela Day Celebrations at Laucala Campus in Suva recently where Chief Justice Anthony Gates was the chief guest followed by a panel discussion comprising of youths, academics and a retired solider.

“Indeed, I wish to acknowledge the South Africa High Commission, as well as the University of the South Pacific on the success of Mandela Day and for giving me the opportunity to speak about the life’s work of Mandela and how he has impacted me as a leader,” Mr Mervyn said.

He emphasised on how people should not rest on the accomplishments of the past, even the accomplishments of those as historic as Nelson Mandela.

Meanwhile, Ignite4Change member Eremasi Narawa expressed on Mandela’s exemplary life and that the virtues and principles Mandela adopted could be applicable to our societies today.

“Indeed, how does a man who spent 27 years in prison, put there by an oppressor and come out of that experience with not a heart of stone but a heart that was willing to forgive and embrace; only Nelson Mandela could have done that,” he said.

This year’s theme was ‘Be The Legacy – How Can We Do Something Good Everyday, In Order To Change The World For The Better?’

The Mandela Day Campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make a positive impact on the world.

The day was a call to everyone to make the world a better place.

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