Government has put in place initiatives to ensure that more support is provided for youths in Fiji.
This was highlighted this week by the Assistant Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Iliesa Delana while attending the Special Olympics Social Impact Summit in Los Angeles
“The sessions were for selected mentors from around the globe to inform youth leaders present and provide a platform to share impact ideas,” said the assistant minister.
“It was also to urge youth leaders that as youth workers, we are to provide a platform that realises the passion and abilities of youths with special needs that can inspire them to aspire to new heights,” said Hon. Delana.
“The Ministry of Youth in Fiji has done a lot in regards to empowering Fijians but the onus is on community leaders and family support to ensure that they provide support to youths and people with disability in pursuing their dreams, passion and abilities.”
Official spokesperson for the Special Olympics – US Fund for UNICEF Partnership Lucy Meyer also spoke at the summit and received a standing ovation.
Ms Meyer was born with cerebral palsy but she participated in the 2014 USA Special Olympics in swimming and won two gold medals.
“In the past there were so many differences amongst people with disabilities, but through the Special Olympic movement, we now can say that those difference is now a thing of the past ,” Lucy told participants.
The Special Olympics Social Impact Summit on Saturday in Los Angeles which was attended by close to 200 youth ‘change-makers’, sports and youth ministers from 165 participating countries and global mentors.