THE ‘Youth Substance Striker: Kick the Habits’ by kicking goals project will boost the moral of young people in our community says the director of youth Edward Anisitolo.
Mr Anisitolo made the remarks at the launching of the project in Honiara last Thursday after Caretaker Minister of Ministry of Home Affairs, Manasseh Maelanga launched the project.
The project aimed to tackle the substance abuse amongst young people in Honiara.
He said he was grateful to see the sponsors of the project attended the launching to show their support.
“We are looking forward to implement the project to see youths have good health and good citizen of Solomon Islands,” he added.
“This project is significant and lasting memory to help youths in drugs and health, and for youths to aware of substance abuse problem and its effect on their health.”
The project background:
The conduct of the Youth Substance Striker – Kick the habit by kicking goals project in Honiara’s most at risk squatter settlements demonstrates governments and its partners’ commitment to develop positive health education programs, partnerships and activities that promote healthy lifestyles among young people, with a focus on reducing the use of substance amongst younger people including mental health, youth well-being and addictions, as stipulated in the key policy outcome 3 of the Solomon Islands National Youth Policy 2010 – 2015 .
The two-year project 2014-2015 is seeking to engage a total of 300 young women and men aged between 14-29 years of age from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences who’ve been involved in substance abuse.
It would be piloted in five selected communities in Honiara. In each community there would be 60 youths recruited into the project of which thirty of the participants are females and the other 30 are males.
By TRIXIE CARTER