BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
ABOUT twenty youth leaders from community-based youth groups of Honiara City are in a three-day workshop on the Statim Faia annual reflection conference at the Ginger beach retreat, west Guadalcanal.
The workshop started yesterday with opening remarks from the Oxfam Solomon Islands representative, Honiara City Council Youth Development Officer and Honiara Youth Council president.
The workshop is part of Oxfam’s Statim Faia project and convenes youth leaders to reflect on key achievements, challenges and plan future activities.
Furthermore, to find effective strategies to improve the programme quality, impact and overcome challenges which might be helpful to the project’s phase-three.
The workshop is organised by HCC-Youth Division in collaboration with HYC with support from the Oxfam Solomon Islands as the major funder for the Statim Faia project.
Honiara City Council Youth Development Officer, Mrs Mary Tuhaika in her remarks appreciated the partnership created with Oxfam for the past three years which has impacted youth groups within Honiara City on its small projects.
She encourages youth leaders to make good use and participate fully on the three-day workshop to reflect and share recommendations that will pave the way forward for partners and community youth groups.
“Our time here together, it is an opportunity for you to share with us so that we as partners to know your stands as next year the Statim Faia project will move to another level,” Tuhaika said.
Tuhaika acknowledged Oxfam Solomon Islands for visualising youth issues to be addressed within Honiara City through its project and to choose HCC-Youth Division and HYC as their partners.
Honiara Youth Council President, Mr Harry James Olikwailafa welcomed the participants and introduced the first-day session focused on the theme, ‘To enhance and build understanding of youth stakeholders’ services and ways of working with young people’.
Mr Alfred Kiva from the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs talked about the status of the new National Youth Policy along with HCC-YD, HYC and Oxfam Solomon Islands.