BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
HONIARA’S community youth leaders have been empowered in a two-day facilitator’s workshop held at the Ginger Beach Retreat on Monday.
The workshop is facilitated by the Honiara City Council-Youth Division and Honiara Youth Council with funding from the New Zealand Government through Solomon Islands Policing Support Programme.
Youth Development Officer for Honiara and Renbel and representative from the Community Policing of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) were also present.
The two-day workshop aims to train young leaders on useful skills and knowledge in facilitating and planning a youth event.
First training yesterday was on planning a youth event session facilitated by the HCC-Youth Development Officer Mrs Mary Tuhaika and today is on facilitation skill from the HYC President Mr Harry James Olikwailafa.
Monday’s session is more on practical and group discussion which resulted in youth leaders coming up with impressive planned event and positive output showing they are capable of running a youth event.
Youth Development Officer Tuhaika said importance to train youth leaders skills and knowledge in planning a youth event is because young people have variety of needs in the community to explore.
Equipped them with these skills and knowledge will support young people discovered their potentials and access to opportunities and run their own events, she adds.
Deputy Team Leader, Solomon Island Policing Support Programme Mr George Fa’alogo said they are excited to work closely with the HCC-YD and HYC particularly in youth development activities.
He said under the Solomon Islands Policing Support Programme, one of its core aims is to empower young people in Solomon Islands become good leaders and good citizens.
“We are very happy that there are so much talent people here and we grateful to work with HCC-YD and HYC because they already selected young people they know have good track records,” Fa’alogo said.
“For us as programme coming in, the selection is already been made and you can trust them because these people already have leadership quality,” he adds.
Young people is expecting have knowledge and skills in public speaking and effective communication skills, build knowledge and skills in facilitation and leadership styles.
Youth leaders attended the facilitator’s workshop are from the community youth groups registered under the Youth Division of the HCC.