Youth Justice Symposium

Youth Justice Symposium
Funded by AusAID and Wan Smol Bag’s Yut Senta

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Further Arts participated in Vanuatu’s first Youth Justice Symposium at the start of July. Our contribution was largely through organising a youth media team to promote, document and produce the event through local media and multimedia products.

Youth Justice Symposium

249 registered youths from around Port Vila, including the areas Erakor, Manples, Tagabe, Namburu, Etas, Pango, Freswota, Black Sands, Ohlen, and Malapoa have been participating in the 5-day symposium initiated by the Stretem Rod Blong Jastis Partnership Program, funded by. The symposium included key note speakers from the justice sector provided by the Police Force, the Minister of Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu Correctional Services, the State and Public Prosecutions Department, the State Law Office, the Ombudsman and the Vanuatu Law Commission. A fantastic, and very wet sports tournament at Kawenu field also took place on Wednesday in Malapoa that saw youths from around the capital slip and slide to the goals (on and off the field) and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by representatives of formal justice agencies and representatives of the youth to further the outcomes of the symposium with closing remarks from the Prime Minister Moana Carcasses. The symposium finished with a highly contested hip-hop battle and song competition at Saralana Stage – the criteria for the song lyrics being to portray youth and justice working together and building bridges for a better tomorrow.

The Stretem Rod Blong Jastis led Symposium was made possible with the support of Wan Smol Bag Yut Senta, National Youth Council, Port Vila Municipal Youth Council, Ministry of Youth, Development & Sport, Further Arts, APTC, Transparency Vanuatu, Youth Against Corruption (YACV), VBTC, TVL, Fest’Napuan, The Grand Hotel, IPV Printers, Wilco, BIE Studio and Minister Ralph Reganvanu and the Prime Minister Moana Carcasses.


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