BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
YOUTHS within Honiara city have had the opportunity to dialogue with leaders of the Honiara City Council as part of a four-day HCC Community Youth Group Orientation workshop.
Registered community youths visited the HCC Chamber yesterday and interacted with leaders of the council and ask them questions and got to know more of the functions of the HCC.
The youth orientation is organised by HCC’s Youth Development Division in partnership with the Honiara Youth Council, and will run until Friday May 18.
As part of their activities, they have visited the HCC Chamber to have dialogue with Acting Mayor Eddie Ngava, City Clerk Charles Kelly and other heads of Division leaders to discuss areas relating to youth development.
Kelly acknowledged the presence of HCC leaders and youth saying they are excited and privileged to dialogue with them.
He welcomed the young people to the HCC Chamber and explained it’s where decisions are made for the implementation of acts, service deliveries and social developments.
HCC’s Youth Development Officer, Mrs Mary Tuhaika said meeting with the Acting Mayor, City Clerk and other heads of Division leaders was purposely for youth groups to be informed about HCC’s function and mandates.
She adds its four-day youth orientation was built on four objectives – informing, exploring, building and expanding networks, sharing learning and collective actions.
Honiara Youth Council Coordinator, Mr Bobby Siarani said it is an opportunity for young people to learn about HCC’s governing body and youth development and the mechanism to voice youth’s concern.
Siarani echoes, the orientation workshop is important for young people to have a good understanding on HCC and Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs’ legal structure.
“We as young people are not only beneficiaries of development but also partners to country and societies’ development,” Siarani said.
The HCC Community Youth Orientation is a four-day workshop. Yesterday, discussions covered areas around youth development, how it fits in with HCC politics and administration and its key functions.
Discussions were also set on key functions and mandates of the Youth, Sports and Women Division, Urban Youth Policy and Action plans and HYC rational and mandates.