BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
YOUNG people in Honiara City have convened at the Ginger Beach for a five-day youth leadership retreat which was officially opened on Monday.
The event was officially opened by Deputy Police Commissioner Mr Gabriel Manelusi, also gathering the Head of Division for Youth, Sports and Women Division for HCC, RSIPF representatives and the Team Leader for the Solomon Islands Police Support Programme (SIPSP) and young leaders.
The young leaders comprise of 15 participants and 15 youth facilitators.
There will be different speakers on topics on leadership, mental health, healthy lifestyles, pathway to education, employment and entrepreneurship and mentoring.
They include Special Secretary to the Prime Minister- Dr Jimmy Rogers, Deputy Commissioner to RSIPF- Junita Matanga, Sports icon Jennly Wini, local business woman Julie Haro and the Director for the NTU Clement Tito.
Manelusi said country is half way towards its first decade of young leaders.
Manelusi said the retreat is an opportunity for young leaders to enhance leadership skills to become good leaders and set example for next generation.
“I encourage you to commit yourself to this programme and make your unique contribution to your community,” Manelusi.
He said gaining such knowledge and skills will support leadership style in the community to involve young people in positive activities rather than negative ones which will help reduce issues within the city.
HCC’s Head of Division for Youth Sports and Women Division Mr Roland GK Pauku said HCC is excited from its network to involve in a worthy event for young people to realise their leadership potential.
Pauku said such network is a dream come true for its division to see its partnership grow and expand to the RSIPF and the Solomon Islands Police Support Programme of the New Zealand Government.
He thanked the RSIPF and Solomon Islands Police Support Programme for recognizing their youth network which resulted in bringing young people together and seen them thrive.
Meanwhile, the event is funded and supported by the New Zealand Government through a Solomon Islands Police Support Programme in partnership with RSIPF, HCC-Youth Division and Honiara Youth Council.