The Ministry of Youth through its central division office is committed to provide timely and targeted training to the youth in the provinces of Namosi, Serua, Rewa and Naitasiri.
Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Iliesa Delana was at Namasimasi village, Serua on Friday to close the training and hand youths with their certificates.
Hon Delana said; “The Ministry will continue to identify the needs of youths around Fiji and provide the necessary training that will meet their needs and help improve the youths’ daily livelihood.”
“We will continue to provide trainings to meet the needs of the rural youths in these provinces in the central division,” said Hon. Delana.
The Ministry’s principal youth officer for the Central Division Mrs Amele Navunicagi was also in Namasimasi and said; “We have collected some requests from youths in these provinces and the ministry will match these requests against the resources available before it is delivered to the young people.”
“In this instance, the male youth of Namuamua village attended the Small Engine repair training while the youths of Namasimasi and surrounding villages were provided with Art & Craft, Cookery and Pastry trainings,” said Mrs Navunicagi.
A total of 50 males attended the Small Engine Repair training while 34 – both males and females attended the Art & Craft, Cookery and Pastry trainings.
Mikea Sefanaia attended the Small engine repair and said; “We are so grateful to the ministry for providing us this training since we mostly depend on outboard motors to travel to and from Navua for carting of our produce to the markets.”
“Most of us now have the confidence to fix our own engines and other small engines we own rather than spending more money in taking them to town,” said Sefania.
Udite Cakaunitabua also of Namuamua village attended the Art & Craft, Cookery and Pastry trainings and said; “The trainings has created in us an appreciation of the things we often neglect especially plastics and wastes that they can be used to create many things which may provide an income for us.”
“The cookery and pastry was awesome as it has broaden our knowledge and skills and now we can enjoy in the village better prepared meals enjoyed mostly by urban dwellers,” said Udite.
She was grateful to the Ministry for offering these trainings to the youth of both provinces simultaneously.
Mrs Navunicagi said that ministry staff would be in Rewa this week to provide similar Multi-skills and Empowerment trainings for the youth of Noco.