I am passionate aboutAddressing social injustices for youth and communities in Kiribati and the
Every year, too many young people leave school prematurely and are vulnerable
to risks of being unemployed at a very young age and are socially
marginalized. In the Pacific, youth unemployment rate stands at an alarming
23% according to the studies conducted by SPC in 2011 and young people are
evidently 6 times less likely to secure jobs relative to older workers as
predicted by the ILO.
In Kiribati (a nation of water), the youth unemployment situation is
worrying. It is estimated that 54% of youths represents those who want to
work, who are ready to work, who are currently looking for work—but are not
able to secure a job or there is no jobs. Though data (information) are not
available to give actual or correct statistics on numbers of youths in
Kiribati who are employable through their talents (music) and skills
(traditional), the Kiribati Children Campaigners Network believes that a good
percentage of them are scattered in the country and requires more enabling
programmes, environment, spaces for opportunities and funding to assist with
programmes that will provide them with employment as it has done with young
people for the past two years.
As a passionate youth advocate and now the focal point for the Pacific Youth
Council on Kiribati, the drive for setting up the KCCN which is now an active
youth owned NGO is the passion for social work and a strong advocate on
social justices on youths and children issues around Education, Health,
Corruption Against Youth and Climate Change.
Young people are our greatest resources and they must be nurtured, enabled,
ActionsI chose to work with talented young people who are drop out of school who
were left from the education system in Kiribati. Since the establishment of
the Kiribati Children Campaigners Network in late 2013, there youth voice
have been utilized in composing/tailoring of advocacy and awareness
programmes, making them employable.
Volunteerism was introduced as a key to youth development. Capacity building
programmes also allowed members to attend regional and international capacity
building programmes, for the first time.
Our first campaign in 2014 was on Climate Change which has contributed to the
voice of young people on atoll nations to World Leaders at the global level.
22 youth of the KCCN traveled to the Republic of Marshal Islands to form a
Coalition of Youth of Atoll Nations on Climate Change that allowed young
people of the two nations to share their plight and to work closely on joint
advocacy to take youth pleas to World Leaders.
With increasing number of youth engaged in programmes, there has been a
reduced in social problems in general and an increased in global advocacy on
Climate Change, Poverty, Health through music.