Itinterunga Rae Bainteiti

Country representing

Kiribati

Languages

Kiribati
English

Education

  • Fiji National University
  • Diploma in Business Studies
  • Climate Change, Corruption, Human Rights, Local Economic Development, Youth Development, Project Management

Current organisation

Kiribati Children Campaigners Network

Current role

Founder and Chairman

Skills and Expertise

Campaigning
Climate change
Human rights
Social work

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Health
Leadership
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Addressing social injustices for youth and communities in Kiribati and the Pacific. 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, and empowered.

Actions

I 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.