Youth ambassadors share experiences

Director of Heritage and Arts, Collin Yabaki left, receives a report from Abraham Waqairoba, Gabriella Ho and Zelda Rafai, members of the Fiji Youth Arts Culture project at the Fiji Museum on Friday night. Picture: ATU RASEA

A Urban Pathways Fiji Youth Arts Culture project showcase was held on Friday night at the Fiji Museum in Suva.

The project involved twelve cohort youth ambassadors who shared their experiences through the youth work placement program.

Speaking at the event Director of Heritage and Arts, Collin Yabaki said the urban pathways project showcased an opportune time for youth interns to come into the spotlight and market themselves for a better Fiji.

“I am very proud to say that our future is secure with the amazing talent that we have in hand,” he said.

Mr Yabaki said he had collected some data on how youths around the globe were spending their time.

“The data I have indicates that the youths are involved in other things like violent crimes, thefts and being aggressive.

“However I am pleased to see the level of interest in youths. The project that we have before us, is a great start to a better future.

“We will be forever thankful to the British Academy Youth future programs supported under the UK Government- Global Challenges Research Fund.

“I’ve been reliably informed on this to examine the reality of Fiji’s cultural perception as well as the identity of how urban Fijian youth experiences, especially in culture, how cultural heritage institutions in Fiji can engage youths while offering visible employment opportunities.”

British Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Welsh acknowledged the young interns who participated in the project.

“Usually, all that young people ask for is an opportunity to be heard, develop, grow, and be listened to,” said Mr Welsh.

“Perhaps you’ve moved out of your comfort zones. You have proved yourselves to be valuable members of the workforce.”

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