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Juveniles reminded to focus on their future

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar yesterday reminded those juveniles at Fiji’s Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre to plan well for their future. AKBAR: “You children are the future of our nation, each one of you has the capabilities to move forward with a new focus in life and we would […]

Luke Nacei

August 2, 2016 8:00 am

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar yesterday reminded those juveniles at Fiji’s Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre to plan well for their future.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation with some of the Juveniles from the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. (Fijian Govenrment)
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation with some of the Juveniles from the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. (Fijian Government).

AKBAR: “You children are the future of our nation, each one of you has the capabilities to move forward with a new focus in life and we would like you to stay focused on your goals, be dedicated and responsible and aim to excel in your studies.”

She said peer pressure was always a barrier for youngsters.

AKBAR: “Youngsters your age usually get swayed by peer pressure and it’s all about the company that you keep. Stay away from those who might distract you from achieving your goals and embrace those who inspire you to progress in your lives. We would also like to see you reunite with your families and communities.”

As part of the Ministry’s effort to broaden the vocational training opportunities offered at the Centre, the Ministry also handed over two sewing machines.

AKBAR: “Apart from the other vocational training that goes on here at the Centre, this sewing machines will also assist you to learn tailoring skills. We will also provide a stall at the next women’s expo where you will be able to showcase your skills. When you leave this centre you should be ready to live a new life with your families.”

The Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Center is the only state-owned facility to provide an enabling and caring environment for the rehabilitative care of juvenile offenders from around the country.

Currently, 15 minors are staying at the Centre, and it can accommodate for up to 30 youths. The administration of the centre and ensuring the welfare of these juveniles is the legal responsibility of the Director of Social Welfare as stipulated in the Juvenile Act.

Education is a vital necessity, and the Department of Social Welfare plays a critical role in providing these juveniles with the right to access education.

The Centre also provides core competencies training ranging from baking, cooking, farming skills, joinery and carpentry work.

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