Government forms new partnership to support youth in Solomon Islands

Economic Development Pacific Peoples
  • NZ$2.4 million to support young people in Solomon Islands not in education, employment or training
  • Funding will support the development and delivery of programmes and courses in Solomon Islands and Tonga
  • Builds on New Zealand’s existing partnerships and programmes in Solomon Islands supporting young people

A new partnership between Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Community (SPC) will see a multi-country youth empowerment programme delivered, beginning in Solomon Islands, providing opportunities for youth to upskill and access decent work.

Announced during a visit to the Aotearoa New Zealand-funded Honiara Youth Hub, Minister for Pacific Peoples Barbara Edmonds confirmed NZ$2.4 million will be invested to support the establishment of the regional Pacific Youth Engagement, Empowerment and Economic Pathways programme.

“Aotearoa New Zealand is committed to supporting our Pacific whānau to develop pathways for young people to thrive and participate meaningfully in their communities,” Barbara Edmonds said.

“This funding will support the programmes to be developed and then delivered by local service providers. These skills-building courses and programmes aim to engage a cohort of young people who are not in education, employment or training.

“It also builds on programmes and partnerships we’re already supporting for example; ChildFund’s Impact Programme, Save the Children’s Protektim Pikinini Moa and World Vision’s Youth Social and Entrepreneurship Development (YSED).

“Our children and young people, with the right skills and pathways, can one day give voice to and help tackle issues and challenges, like climate change, confronting their home countries. All young people have potential to contribute to society and are critical voices to inform and influence solutions.

“70 per cent of Solomon Islands population is under the age of 35. This is why having access to vocational, literacy and numeracy skills — and harnessing the potential of young people as the region’s future problem solvers, leaders and innovators — will be essential for a more stable, resilient and inclusive Solomon Islands,” Barbara Edmonds said.