BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
FOURTH day of the Youth Leadership Retreat at the Ginger Beach was well spent with information sharing about pathways to education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Speakers included representatives from the National Training Unit of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, DFAT, NFAT, SINU and TVET.
HCC’s Youth Development Officer Mrs Mary Tuhaika said the fourth-day of the youth retreat was well spent with young people interacting and listening as presenters shared opportunities for scholarship, education, vocational training centre, employment and entrepreneurship.
A lot of information youths have taken and it’s a long term benefits, she adds.
She adds that the session has opened young people’s eyes of where to access opportunities, creating networks and able to meet with people who actually managing the scholarship opportunities.
HYC’s President Mr Harry James Olikwailafa said he was really excited to see young people having information never heard before and get to interact with people which are custodians of the information.
He said it was really inspiring to see young people asked constructive questions to organizations and institutions that provide scholarship opportunities fitting to drop out youths.
“I am excited about the session because it’s about information sharing—some youths did not know about this information and such will support their families, peer group and youth groups in its hunt for education and employment opportunities in near future,” Olikwailafa said.
One of the participants representing Music Gateway youth groups, Falu Alatala said it’s an opportunity and privilege for them.
She said it is because such space provided creates an avenue for youths to be recognised, participate and feel important as well that government and NGOs have concern for youths.
She said such kind of space is what many young people want and this to need to continue.
“We have many challenges with most of the times our voice were never been heard but to attend the session in a conducive environment at Ginger Beach create great and learning opportunities,” she said.
On behalf of young people Falu acknowledge the RSIPF, HCC-YSWD, HYC and New Zealand for recognizing youths in Solomon Islands particularly youths within Honiara City.