World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Young People Want Active Role In Youth Development

Young People Want Active Role In Youth Development


Click for big version

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

The new Human Development Programme Adviser for Youth at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Rose Maebiru, says, ‘Young people want to be recognised as equal partners in their development.’

Ms Maebiru believes that society must take youth issues seriously, which means that young people must be supported and guided to lead and manage their issues and other issues facing their communities. To that end, she is looking forward to working with regional partners to strengthen youth participation across the region.

‘This position gives me space to do crucial work like establishing networks and utilising existing ones to strengthen youth development,’ she says. ‘Youth development has a very wide impact, since what affects young people eventually affects the wider community. If you draw links between lack of education and crime, for example, you can see that what is initially a youth issue eventually becomes an issue for the entire community.’

Ms Maebiru, who is from the Solomon Islands, has been involved in youth development work since 2001. Prior to joining SPC, she worked for Save the Children in Solomon Islands, promoting youth participation in social development. She has also worked in the area of HIV prevention.

She says she ended up in the youth sector by accident. ‘I had wanted to be an accountant when a research project on young people came up. I ended up working on the project and then one thing led to another, and now I’m passionate about youth development.’

At 32, Ms Maebiru believes her young age is an advantage in her job. She says she often draws on her own experiences and can relate easily to young people.

The implementation of regional and national plans and policies is crucial to addressing youth issues, but regional initiatives must be well coordinated to be effective at country level. It is anticipated that the Pacific Youth Mapping Exercise, a research project that is being run by the SPC Human Development Programme, will contribute to coordinating regional efforts. The exercise aims to record all the services and projects for youth that exist in the Pacific, and store this information in an open-access database.

‘The database will be a fantastic resource to help establish an organised regional approach to youth development,’ Ms Maebiru says.

Ms Maebiru sees the integrated approach to human development fostered by SPC’s Human Development Programme as very positive for the youth sector because approaching development from a wider angle will help address issues that sometimes get overlooked – for example, those affecting young women. ‘Young women always slip through the cracks because talk about youth tends to focus on young men, and talk about women tends to target older women. But looking at youth together with gender will help to better address young women’s needs.’

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news