Leaders at the CHOGM meet
A SOLOMON Islands youth has been elected as Pacific’s representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council.
Harry James Olikwailafa won the seat during the youth council’s meeting in Sri Lanka, Thursday, on the edges of the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting.
Another Solomon Islander youth, Ella Wairiu, who contested for the position of vice chairperson for Inclusion and Engagement, lost out to an Asian candidate.
“It was an opportunity and an experience that will build my knowledge more on youth development,” Ms Wairiu said of her candidacy.
“Commonwealth youth council is a way forward for all of us” she added.
Mr Olikwailafa said establishment of this Commonwealth youth council is a way forward to carry on the youth mandate to benefit all young people across the Commonwealth.
During the Commonwealth Youth Forum, which ended, Thursday, there were also parallel side events where youths participate in workshops to discuss youth employment, education, health, and development issues.
Debating of polices took two days where the General Assembly, which is made up of two representatives from each country, contributed and voted for the right policies that will benefit the 1.2 billion youths from the Commonwealth.
Apart from debating policies, participants also took time off to do community work, which includes tree planting around the beautiful town of Hambantota.
The two young Solomon Islanders thank the Government, Commonwealth Youth Programme Centre in Honiara, and Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs for seeing it fit to nominate them for these positions.
Ms Wairiu and Mr Olikwailafa will return with the Prime Minister’s delegation this week.