BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
THE Niu Future Programme initiated by New Zealand’s Solomon Islands Police Support Programme and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has five main purposes.
In this programme, RSIPF partners with Honiara City Council-Youth, Sports and Women Division and Honiara Youth Council in effectively implementing the National Crime Prevention Strategy in-line with the Niu Future Programme.
HCC-YSWD and HYC have worked with more than 2000 people within Honiara city, and this gives opportunity for the Niu Future Programme and National Crime Prevention Strategy.
Niu Future programme’s five purposes include;
- Firstly to engage RSIPF build relationship, trust and confidence between RSIPF and young people in Solomon Islands.
- To identify a smaller group of potential mentors and future leaders who will supported to develop their skills further and to inspire opportunities to take on leadership opportunities/roles within families, communities or employment organisations.
- To engage with youth participations, develop trust and confidence and identify potential mentees who will be peer mentored to strengthen identity and relationships with their families and communities.
- To engage and build relationships with potential employers and educational institutes in order to foster a pathway for employment or education.
- To inspire young people to be good leaders for their people, and in doing so, champion holistic strong relationships as a resilience mechanism to crime and social harm.
Team Leader for the Solomon Islands Police Support Programme Mr George Fa’alogo said, “We know that 60 percent of Solomon Islands’ population is under 30 years of age, and so it means these young people needs to engage in something.”
“A lot of potential in young people is seen here so the goal of the programme focus on two aspect—to prove trust and confidence of young people and use leadership potential of young people for social and economic development of Solomon Islands, particularly Honiara.”
Falu Alatala from the Music Gateway youth group acknowledge the RSIPF, HCC-YSWD, HYC and New Zealand for recognising youths in Solomon Islands particularly youths within Honiara City.
Meanwhile, today is the final day for the Youth Leadership Retreat.
The youth retreat was supported by the RSIPF and SISP under the Niu Future programme facilitated by the HCC-YSWD and Honiara Youth Council.