Youth orientation opens rare opportunities to youth groups

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

THE Youth Development Division of the Honiara City Council held an ‘HCC Community Youth Group Orientation workshop’ which opened learning opportunities for young people.

The youth group orientation workshop is aiming young people to understand the functions, mandates and youth development programme of the Honiara City Council.

HCC-Youth Officer Mrs Mary Tuhaika said the orientation marked an opportunity for the community youth groups to learn and be informed about how Honiara youth development work fits into HCC’s ‘bigger picture’.

Young people listen attentively to the presentation about HCC’s functions and mandates at the HCC Chamber

She adds youth groups will have clear insights about HCC management and politics and be informed about the function of the HCC political arm and administration level.

Tuhaika explained that the four-day workshop will enable community youth groups to learn and be informed about how youth desks work and the rationale behind the establishment of the Honiara Youth Council.

She also adds participants will be given the opportunity to learn about key stakeholders’ role in youth development work, and the specific projects and programme that target young people in Honiara.

Throughout the four days, youth groups will undergo sessions regarding successful stories and projects, sharing lessons learnt and tips on how to work with donor partners and management of a youth project, she said.

Young people with the HCC Youth Desk Officer Mrs Mary Tuhaika and HYC Coordinator Mr Bobby Siarani

Tuhaika said she will have a session on presenting the priorities for the remaining six months in order for youth groups to be informed about upcoming programme and events.

On the other hand, she adds youth groups will also be requested to present a realistic priority programme to identify where the Youth Desk could assist with, in terms of usage, technical advice and materials and equipment usage.

Acting City Mayor, Mr Eddie Ngava encourages young people to make use of the four days and ensure they advance with a good understanding of the HCC’s functions and mandates.

Ngava acknowledges Tuhaika and team for facilitating the four-day youth orientation.

“This four-day workshop are going well and I want to acknowledged all of you and by stepping forward be counted in your city, my city, our city,” Ngava said.

Today, youth groups will visit the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs.

Participants of the HCC Community Youth Group Orientation workshop
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