BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
YOUTHS in Western province for the first time will have a policy to guide strategies to develop and empower them.
Launched in Saeragi village today, the National Youth Policy 2017 – 2030 is the first of the documents from the new 3-tier policy framework for youth development in the country.
The policy will set the direction that will guide the Strategic Framework for Youth Development and Empowerment in Solomon Islands (SFFYDSI) and the National Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship strategy (NYEES).
The Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs’ (MWYCFA) pursuit of a new three-tier policy framework for youth development in Solomon Islands exemplifies the government’s commitment to transform the Country’s youths and adolescents into effective and positive force for nation building.
This is to ensure that every young person is given the opportunity to contribute to the social, cultural and economic, political and spiritual development of the Country.
The launching of the policy document will see entertainment and performances to celebrate such an achievement.
“Youths around Vella La Vella, Ranonga and Gizo will be participating,” said Chairman of the organising committee Sintau bobae.
“There will be traditional and Modern King/Queen Show, custom and contemporary dance.
“Activities including karaoke, product display from youths, face printing, freestyle dance, leisure games Tag-of-war, canoe race and water race game will be on again at the venue,” said Bobae.
He said awareness programmes and talk-back shows for youths is also taking place.
Health talk is a part of this programme.
Youths are also setting up their stalls and looks forward to mingle with guests to the launch.
Bobae said officials will tour to all youth stalls at the venue.
Public are also encouraged to participate. This includes, stakeholders, business houses, company, NGO’s, Ministries and community members that are welcome to be part of the launching programme.
Guest of honour from the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), Oelyn Muala MPA for 6, South Ranonga is the Minister for Women, Youth, Sports and Gender balance, Provincial Youth representatives, Stakeholders, NGO’s and Western provincial government officials will be attending the launching.