Transparent and Accountable Leaders Nurtured at Church and Vanua Levels
Developing dynamic leaders who are transparent and accountable was one of the aims of a leadership workshop held at Dokainasuva from Friday 28th March to Sunday 2nd March. The training facilitated by Transparency International (TI) Fiji brought together 30 participants from the 9 Methodist Youth Fellowship circuits in the Naitasiri Methodist Division. Participants learnt to draft transparent and accountable rules and guidelines on good governance principles. They developed work plans which are aligned to the divisional corporate plan and the connectional plan of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma.
Participant Tuimasi Tubananitu from Kalabu said that the workshop taught him to have very clear goals not only in the MYF but also in his personal life as a role model. The skills acquired from the workshop will also help him make the appropriate choice in September’s election.
“I want to make my vote count and I’d like to choose a candidate with a clear vision, mission and objectives which she will use to help the people when she gets into parliament,” Tubananitu told TI Fiji’s communications unit.
Filipe Tarakinikini of Soloira said that the workshop has taught him valuable leadership skills which he can use in his community. TI Fiji Executive Director Apisalome Tudreu said that the nurturing of transparent and accountable leaders was an important aspect of civil society and religious organizations and TI Fiji was pleased to be able to make inputs into promoting integrity and anti corruption values.
The leadership workshop was also being held to develop critical thinking skills and democratic processes in the context of church and Vanua. Participant Elenoa Fuakilau said that she found the workshop very interactive and it taught her about important problem solving skills. “The workshop also taught me democratic decision making skills which I can also use when voting in the September elections.”
Jone Buadromo said that the workshop was very important in strengthening their organizational structure. “It has widened our perceptions about how we can use democratic processes to strengthening our roles in the 9 circuits of the Naitasiri division.
”Superintendent of the Naitasiri Division Reverend Kitione Raibevu urged the active participation of young leaders in the economic, spiritual and social development of Natasiri. He added that the special challenge of Naitasiri is that it hosts people who originated from many other parts of the nation. It is part of the hub of socio economic development in the Suva, Nasinu and Nausori corridor. This places special responsibility to the young leaders to respond to Naitasiri’s diversity.
Transparency International (TI) Fiji is an independent, apolitical organisation part of Transparency International, a global civil society organisation promoting a culture of integrity, transparency and accountability in Fiji. TI Fiji also provides free legal advice to victims and witnesses of corruption through its Advocacy and Legal Advice Center.
TI Fiji recognizes the important role that youth play in building a sustainable, corruption –free society and is delivering the Youth Integrity Promotions Programme to encourage and enable youth to act with integrity and to reject corruption.
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