BY SAMIE WAIKORI
YOUTHS from communities on East and North Malaita will complete a three days Youth Leadership Forum in Auki today (Wednesday).
A total of 44 youths from 20 satellite communities of World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) participated in the forum.
It was funded under the New Zealand aid and facilitated by WVSI through its Youth and Social Entrepreneurship Development Project (YSED) for Malaita province.
Manager of Youth and Social Entrepreneurship Development Project under WVSI Auki office, Robert Firidede explained that the YSED project consisted of two components; economic and social components.
He said under the social component like the economic component, WVSI will work with national the government, provincial government, NGOs and other partners to support youth development.
“Basically, under this social component, WVSI is working to support youths by building their capacity and ability to recognise their potentials to carry out leadership roles in their communities,” Firidede said.
He said the theme of the training is “Youth in Leadership” and implies that youths are in the process of becoming leaders or already leaders in the respective areas of community service in their communities.
“The forum is like coaching or adding some other ingredients to the leadership knowledge and skills they already have and portrayed in their communities.
“So, during the forum, they expect to learn on a series of trainings that relates or is centred on the theme “Youth in Leadership,” Firidede said.
He said after the training WVSI expects participants to emerge and support community leaders on programs and activities within their communities.
Firidede said this is the ultimate goal of the training to equip youths so they can support in leadership responsibilities in their communities.
Meanwhile, WVSI Operation Manager, Ms Kathy Sevese Havea called on youth participants to make great use of the training and importantly to support their communities with what they have learned.
She said World Vision is a child focused organization and it’s important what they learn will help to impact life of children in their communities to come up positive ones in the future.
Havea thanked the youths on behalf of their communities for participating in the forum and reiterated her call to them to support their communities with what they’ll learn from the training.