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Small Islands Voice Youth Internet Forum

In 2003, Live and Learn Environmental Education, a non-governmental organisation, working in the Pacific and with an office in Fiji, took part in Small Islands Voice by extending the range of the internet-based youth forum. Three schools were selected to participate in Phase 2 of the forum to share their views on a wide spectrum of environmental issues, as well as take part in an interchange of culture and tradition with youths from other small islands. These schools were Rakiraki Public High School, Rakiraki; Nadi Muslim College, Nadi; Assemblies of God High School, Suva. Around 60 students and 15 teachers took part in the forum activities.

Live and Learn Environmental Education held training workshops with the teachers and students and provided follow-up support. Their Evaluation and Social Research Officer assisted with assessing the impact of participation in the youth forum on students' understanding of environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues. A report describing the students' involvement in the forum showed considerable support for the forum by the students and the teachers. Some constraints were mentioned, these included limited internet access and a lack of time for forum activities due to the emphasis placed on end of year school exams in Fiji.

In 2004, Fijian students continued to participate in the forum. The students from Rakiraki High School submitted the main theme article on the subject 'Money in my pocket - economic and employment opportunities' (username view and password only). This article urged the Fijian government to concentrate on its human capital and particularly to create more job and educational opportunities for all young people. During 2004, some further schools joined the forum: Drasa Secondary School, Western Division of Viti Levu and All Saints Secondary School in Vanua Levu.

Small Islands Voice is also collaborating with the Banaban community on Rabi Island, Fiji to try and get youth there on line and involved in the SIV Youth Internet forum.

 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

Ms Archana Narayan
Live & Learn Environmental Education
Private Mail Bag, 2 Denison Road
Suva, Fiji
T 679 331 5868
F 679 330 5868
archana@livelearn.org.fj

 

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