Around 30 youth participants from Tacirua attended a week-long empowerment training programme facilitated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports designed to nurture, empower, motivate youths and strengthen network through youth development initiatives.
One of the participants, Ro Davetanitabua Vatuniyacavou, acknowledged the training provided to the youths.
“I learnt a lot through this one week empowerment training and I sincerely thank the Ministry for providing this training to the youths of Tacirua,” he said. “This training will assist the youths in boosting their confidence and learning new life skills.”
He added that the training will assist youths by keeping them away from engaging in wrongful activities.
“Tacirua is often seen as a red zone area, as highlighted by the Fiji Police force during our training,” he said. “We want to change this perception; we want our youths to be engaged in activities such as providing community services, assist in the neighbourhood watch zone initiative and to be productive.”
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou acknowledged the progress made by the Ministry in assisting youth development in the country.
“The Ministry provides various forms of training and similarly conducts outreach programs that are dedicated to develop and empower Fijian youths,” he said. “It is pleasing to note that the Ministry has been able to change the attitude of many youths in getting them to be more productive and contribute to the economy of their locality.”
He further stated that the training will assist in creating diverse networking among youth groups that will be ready to engage and assist in the development of the country in the near future.
“By facilitating this training, we are looking to create a more diverse and responsive youth sector for the near future,” the Minister said. “It will ensure that there is collaborative networking among youth groups and stakeholders that are ready to engage and respond to the issues concerning the development of our country.”