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SPC marks Youth Day 2006 with award scheme

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SPC marks International Youth Day 2006 with award scheme

Friday, 11 August, 2006, SPC Headquarters, Noumea, New Caledonia – Saturday, 12 August is International Youth Day. The theme of the day this year is ‘Tackling poverty together’ and with its call to young people to Team up, Organise, Celebrate, and Take action! the Pacific Youth Bureau is taking practical action to advance the theme.

The Bureau, which is based in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), has initiated a scheme that will give four cash awards of US$2,500 each to support the establishment of new youth projects aimed at generating income for young people. The scheme is part of the Bureau’s efforts to implement Component 2 (Nurturing Sustainable Livelihoods) of the Pacific Youth Strategy 2010 (PYS2010), which states: “Becoming self-sufficient remains a great challenge for all young Pacific Islanders. To achieve this goal we want to encourage them to actively engage in youth-led enterprises and income-generating initiatives that will enable them to live sustainable lifestyles”.

To get things rolling, the Bureau invites written submissions from youth organisations in SPC member countries who are interested in setting up income-generating projects for young people.

Submissions must be endorsed by the Ministry or Department responsible for youth development in each country and submitted by fax or email through the SPC focal point (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in each country to:
The Director-General
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
BP D5
Noumea Cedex 98848
New Caledonia
Fax: +687 26.38.18
Email: EfiR[at]spc.int

The deadline for submissions is 22 September 2006. The successful projects will be announced on 2 October 2006.

For more information on the programme, contact:

Tangata Vainerere
Youth Development Adviser
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
BP D5
Noumea Cedex 98848
New Caledonia
Fax: +687 26.38.18
Tel: +687 26.01.78
Email: TangataV[at]spc.int

ENDS

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