TI Fiji prepares young people for elections
Transparency International (TI) Fiji with the funding from Canada fund for local imitative delivered two civil education, leadership and film smart workshops for one hundred young people in early January 2014.
The workshops which was held in Suva and Nadi was aimed at mobilizing young people to make a stand against corruption and to advocate for accountable and transparent leaders in the build up and during the national elections.
Participants who attended at the three day workshop said it was important not only to vote but to vote for the right people into leadership positions.“Some politicians just talk. I want a leader who does what he promises and not just do the talking,” said Mr Naisua.
TI Fiji’s civic education consultant, Dr Joseph Veramu, said they wanted participants to familiarize themselves with how to stop corruption and promote transparency and integrity in Fiji. “We also want participants to learn how they could use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to promote anti-corruption and the need for democracy,” Dr Veramu said.
Diana Waqavakatoga, 19, said the election would give her the opportunity to choose a leader of her choice.“Through this election I will be able to vote and this will be a good chance to elect someone who is transparent and honest,” she said.TI Fiji believes social media can bring out positive changes in society and as a result has opted to employ this approach to bring positive changes in society.
TI Fiji trained young people on how to shoot videos, edit and make it visible on the internet. Youths were also encouraged to spread messages of integrity and anti-corruption through social media networks such as Facebook, youtube and twitter.
Rita Narayan of Sigatoka told TI Fiji’s communication “We’d like to use Facebook to encourage our peers to vote for leaders who stand for accountable leadership,”.
“We want leaders who will serve the people,” she added. With about half of Fiji’s population made up by young people it is therefore important that young people chose leaders with integrity and would not fall at the feet of bribery and corruption said Angeline Sumer, Navua.
To view the workshop pictures please visit our Facebook page, Transparency International Fiji.
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