Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou with Mrs Ane Tuitubou at International Youth Fellowship World Cultural Camp in Busan Korea.Photo: SUPPLIED.
The Minister for Youth and Sports Honourable Laisenia Tuitubou has commended the role of the International Youth Fellowship World Culture Camp (IYFWCC) in its capacity to nurture youths.
Minister Tuitubou who is leading a government delegation to the IYFWCC Minister’s meeting in Korea said that such conferences contributed to the development of young people and the subsequent improvement of their communities.
“This is the first time we have sent youths from across all 4 divisions in Fiji and I am thankful that such a conference is held solely for young people as it will greatly benefit them in the long run.”
“I am thankful to the International Youth Fellowship for granting youths from Fiji, some of whom have dropped out from formal education, an opportunity to represent their country at an international event such as this,” added Minister Tuitubou.
Hon. Tuitubou said that the IYF World Culture Camp also offered exposure to young Fijians as it was a good learning experience for them as future leaders.
International Youth Fellowship (IYF) Founder Mr Ock Soo Park while opening the 5th World Culture Camp emphasized the need for youths to attain a better life through a change of heart.
“It is hoped that through the International Youth Fellowship, youths get a better life and also develop a change of heart because this contributes immensely to the state of our young people,” said Mr Park.
“The world of the heart is a very telling factor in our efforts to address issues that young people face such as drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol abuse and many others and we are optimistic that through this camp we will have helped young people with their state of mind and heart,” added Mr Park.
The IYF World Culture Camp is attended by young people from 50 different countries and is held simultaneously with the Ministers of Youth World Forum.
Fiji has also won the Gold Performance during the cultural performance competition winning US$3,000.