BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
YOUNG people under the Youth, Sports and Women Division of the Honiara City Council have marked the International Youth Day 2018 in a consultation workshop with Child Fund New Zealand on Sunday.
Every year, International Youth Day celebrated on August 12 designed by the United Nation for young people globally to raise their voice under a specific theme.
For year, the theme is: “Safe Spaces for Youth”.
Under the theme, HCC-Youth Division and Child Fund New Zealand gathered young people within Honiara in a consultation workshop with aim to get their views about mental health.
Besides that, young people also have special time to commemorate the International Youth Day yesterday by expressing themselves about the theme.
The HCC’s Youth Development Officer, Mrs Mary Tuhaika said this year’s International Youth Day theme in Honiara’s context has set one big goal for Youth Division.
She said this year youth division aims at letting young people aware that HCC have spaces for young people to actually access services.
She adds the International Youth Day theme for this year is reflecting well the goal of their work relates to services and opportunities offer for youths within Honiara.
“Story of the young people today will tell partners outside about issues and factors contributing to families, friends, community and country,” she said.
“It’s just a way of young people saying what they want for the future and how we can create safe space for them,” Tuhaika said.
HCC-YD’s Youth volunteer Ms Reywin Aluta said the International Youth Day theme: Safe Spaces for Youth in a local context is about providing opportunities for young people.
“To me, Safe Space for Youth is about providing opportunities for us young people to speak freely and showcase the skills that we have in a freedom way,” Aluta said.
Hahe Alatala from the Music Gateway community youth group said Safe Space for Youth means, it’s an environment avail young people to make decision freely, inspired, nurture and empowered.
She adds, safe space for youth can defined place where young people have freedom to speak, access to trainings and workshops, involved in church activities, sports and opportunities.
Mr Cyrus Tonutangata from the CY youth group described the theme as it provide a space of recognition for young people to be able to participate within their communities.
“It is a space provides avenue for young people can fully express them emotionally, physically and spiritually, and also showcase what they capable of by contributing towards nation building,” Tonutangata said.
HCC-YD volunteer Mr Warren Jr Pugemoana said the theme for this year gives opportunities for young people to have their concern and voice heard.
“A safer space which young people can have safe and secured opportunities, job, education and pursued their dreams and live in a responsible person in the country.”