MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS
PRESS RELEASE 10/01/08
LINK YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Youth development programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme
should be linked to the Ministry of Education says the new Interim Minister for
Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Youth and Sports, Filipe Bole.
“You can even link your programmes to the Ministry of Education to tap into the
school system clientele,” Mr Bole said at a familiarization briefing held by the
Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Subhas Chandra and senior officials of
the ministry at its headquarters in Suva yesterday.
Mr Bole challenged those present at the briefing yesterday to ensure and make every
effort to keep youth development programmes active.
“Youth empowerment and character building programmes coordinators within
government should continue to highlight their activities to maintain the interest of
existing and potential clients,” he said.
According to a briefing report prepared by the Principal Youth Officer of Research,
Training and Development(RTD) Unit, Sefanaia Qalobogidua for the new interim
Minister, up to 31st December 2007, the RTD Unit administered character building
and empowerment programs for youths like the Positive Mental Attitude(PMA)
programme, Pacific Star Lifeskills programme and the international youth challenge
programme – the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme(DEAP) of which 39 schools
have been given approval to operate.
These, according to the report would now be brought under the umbrella of the
cabinet-approved National Youth Service Scheme for 2008 implementation.
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