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Bougainville Youth Attend Mock Parliament Session

By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby

Youth in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville now have some idea of what processes to follow when presenting issues to political leaders.

The youths attended the Mock Youth Parliament program, an initiative to equip youths with confidence, self-esteem and problem solving skills to represent their communities.

Youths who participated said the initiative is helpful to link problems and present to leaders in a more appropriate manner.

Most expressed that there were correct steps to bring to their leaders, problems of the community, but most lack the know-how.

43 youths participated in the exercise, and they will be relaying the message back to their constituency.

“ I’m glad I attended the workshop , it will help a lot in taking right steps and procedures to bring forward issues of youths to our leaders”, said Martin Nakara, a youth from North Bougainville.

The Mock Parliament Exercise is funded through a Youth initiative program under the Australian DFAT program.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) partnered with the National Youth Development Authority and World Vision to facilitate the exercise.

The first Mock Youth Parliament was conducted in 2013 which 40 youths attended.

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