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Saturday, November 08, 2008


A VILLAGE youth leader will represent the country at an international youth conference in Dili, Timor Leste from November 11 to 15.

Redley Raramo is executive director of the Uttermost Rural Development Foundation (URDF).
This was an indigenous youth initiated rural base organisation in North Malaita.

Mr Raramo will join 44 youth leaders from around the world at the conference, organised by Timor Leste government and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Presently Timor-Leste faces substantial challenges in its nation building process. Among these challenges is the lack of an overarching national identity, inadequate women’s participation in the political decision making processes, lack of opportunities for positive self-expressions.

There’s also a feeling of disenfranchisement among its youth population.

Mr Raramo will present a paper on “Youth and access to employment” an issues that Solomon Islands too faces today.

“I will be presenting this paper in the context of rural employment based on a concept called ‘Ruralism’. This was designed and developed by my youth organisation as one of the critical options for youth employment in rural areas,” Mr Raramo said.

He said he will also use the opportunity to learn from other participants and also develop new relationship and network.

Mr Raramo said he will be joined by Susan Talisi from the Church of Melanesia. They leave this Sunday.

SOURCE: SolomonStar

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