Tuesday, 29 July 2008 3:09 PM

Workshop Aims to Empower Youths

Youths are currently attending a workshop that aims to encourage them to address issues that affect young people.

The Pacific Youth Voices Youth Media Workshop currently conducted in Honiara is aimed at encouraging young Solomon Islanders to talk about things that matter, such as issues that affect them and also to teach them basic media skills, a media intern for the Commonwealth Program Centre, Tessa Johnstone told Solomon Times.

She said that a lot of young people feel neglected by society or less important.

It is hoped that young people who participate will feel more empowered after the workshop, Ms. Johnstone said.

"The workshop also aims to help young people see issues which other Pacific youths are concerned about," she added.

Some 16 volunteers from the media and non-government organizations will attend tomorrow to teach young people about the media.

The Youth Media Workshop will also provide a suitable model for future youth workshops in the region.

The workshop was attended by more than 50 youths within Honiara and surrounding villages in Guadalcanal.

Participants will be given certificates when the workshop ends tomorrow afternoon.