Tuvalu National Youth Council

Country: TUVALU

Name of Applicant: TUVALU NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL (TNYC)

Contact Person: MR MELEI MELEI

Position: PRESIDENT

Contact Telephone: (688) 20175

Contact Email: mmelei@msn.com

Contact Post: C/O - YOUTH DEPARTMENT,

PRIVATE MAIL BAG, VAIAKU POST OFFICE,

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU

Contact Fax: (688) 20821



Brief background/history of your National Youth Council

- Tuvalu separated from Gilbert & Ellice Islands in 1976, and gained independence from the British Monarchy on the 1st October 1978. From then the Tuvalu National Youth Council was established to encourage young people to take an active role in the development of their respective island communities and at the national level.

Today, with 13 affiliated youth organizations under the Tuvalu National Youth Council (TNYC), one of its main task was to revived as the paramount coordinating mechanism for all the youth work in the Non-Governmental sector in Tuvalu. It is mandated to work in collaboration with the Government youth department within the Ministry of Home Affairs & Rural Development.


Please state the vision, mission, aims and objectives of your NYC

Vision:

To foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social, development of the young people of Tuvalu.

Mission:

Build an enabling environment that will guarantee the fulfillment of the TNYC Vision.

Aims and Objectives:

Youth and Spiritual Development - Strengthening faith-based programs that nurture the spiritual development of young people.

Youth and Culture - Establish practical programs that cultivate stronger appreciation of traditional values and national pride.

Youth and Education - Establish practical programs that provide opportunities for young people to successfully gain appropriate technical and vocational life skills.

Youth and the Law - Promote initiatives that develop self-respect, respect for authority and the elders, and respect for others.

Youth and Health - promote initiatives that encourage young people to live a healthier lifestyle.

Youth and Economic Empowerment - Establish innovative programs that engage young people in income generation initiatives.

Youth and the Environment - Train young people to practice sustainable use of natural resources.


Does your NYC have a constitution?

- YES

Office Bearers and how often are they chosen?

PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY, TREASURER. Chosen every four (4) years.

What are current programmes?

Youth Camp program run through the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (Christian churches) every year, promoting spiritual development. Cleaning campaign. Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) programs.

What are your challenges?

Poor communication due to the isolation of each island in Tuvalu, so young people are not always aware of services available to them. Not strong spirit of cooperation between youth groups, community organization and government institutions in the development and implementation of youth activities. Financial constraints which contribute to the factor that denied our youth from attending regional and international events and gathering.

What are your plans for 2009?

To take part in the "Pacific Youth Festival 2009".

 
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