BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
COMMUNITY youth groups within Honiara were given insights to the national government framework for youth development in a visit to the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA).
On Wednesday May 16, community youth groups registered under the Honiara City Council as part of their HCC Community Youth Orientation workshop visited the MWYCFA.
The trip was designed for youth groups in Honiara to be educated about the government’s framework targeting youth development programmes in Solomon Islands.
MWYCFA’s Youth Development Officer for Honiara and Renbel, Mr Alfred Kiva said young people need to understand the role of MWYCFA and HCC as agents of the national government youth development framework.
He said the learning trip was successful with young people clearly understanding government’s concern for youth and the position of community youth groups in the legal framework.
During the visit, Director for Youth Development Division, MWYCFA Mr Andrew Tipoki explained young people are part of the legal framework to youth development in Solomon Islands.
He said the Ministry has worked with other legal partners and stakeholders to implement its priority areas related to the national government policy goals.
Tipoki said at the moment National Youth Council is still in transition period.
He also explained the Ministry has been working a youth strategy to address high unemployment youth rate in the Solomon Islands.
The look and learn trip was organised by Honiara City Council-Youth Division, Youth Development Division-MWYCFA and Honiara Youth Council (HYC).
HCC-YD, YDD-MWYCFA particularly Youth Desk for Honiara and Renbel and HYC has been a close partner since 2012.