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Youth week aimed at keeping youth away from drugs and crimes

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,10/08/2018

Organisers of this year’s Tonga National Youth Week believe engaging the youth in various programs throughout the year keeps them away from drugs and other challenges, while also improving their livelihoods.

The National Youth Week continued this morning with an Open Day aimed at promoting youths and youth organizations work.

This morning’s Open Day was attended by many youth groups and organisations including, the Tonga Table Tennis Federation.

Netina Latu from the Federation said this program, and the youth week in general, was an opportunity to promote table tennis, as well as the use of sports for the youth to stay healthy.

Members of the Alonga Centre also participated in this morning’s program, displaying handicrafts which they had made.

Lavinia Satini from the Centre praised the youth week’s inclusivity which allowed persons living with disabilities to be able to join the programs and promote their talents.

The Open Day was also an opportunity for the youth to put their businesses out there, promoting their products or various projects.

Sione Maileseni, a handicraftsman representing the Kapeta and Kolomotu’a youth, said it is important to support youths in this area to open up opportunities in business for the youth to make good use of their time, which would keep them away from drugs and crime.

Drugs is one of the biggest challenges these days, but Lusiola Misa from the National Reformation Centre, encouraged parents and guardians to never give up on their children instead continue to show them the love that they need, as from her own experience with former drug addicts, Misa believes love is the only way to pull these youths out of the depths of addiction.

Supporting this, Tulikakikivaiola Fifita from the Tonga National Youth Congress, says it is important to empower the youth, adding that this is also the aim of many year-round projects organized by the Tonga National Youth Congress.

The Tonga National Youth Week continues tonight with a block-party in downtown Nuku’alofa, and continues tomorrow morning with a float parade and other programs, then concludes on Sunday the 12th of August, which is the International Youth Day, celebrated annually worldwide.

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