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Diocesan Youth Coordinators with the Archbishop, Bishops and Provincial staff
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ACOM launched Youth Policy
August 28, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Anglican Church of Melanesia this morning officially launched its Provincial Youth Policy in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The Youth Policy is a document that sets the framework to guide the Anglican Church in addressing issues of concern relating to youths in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia The Most Rev David Vunagi launched the document.

In his launching address he said the ministry of the youths is a very important ministry which the Church must regard as one of its priorities.

“In view of that the launching of the policy reflects the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s commitment to address issues that directly affect the lives of the Youth in this age of change.”

Archbishop Vunagi cited issues such as unemployment, drugs, crime and lack of support as contributing factors to problems affecting youth.

Whilst these problems can be addressed with renewal and evangelism programmes, capacity building, strengthening of social, cultural and outreach programmes and practical skills training, lack of money is still an underlying problem.

Many communities have the resources in terms manpower, and natural resources land and sea resources but can do little without money.

“And that calls for creativity, initiative and innovation and of course patience and commitment.

“If the Church is committed to address the issues that affect our young people we must be honest with ourselves and give our full commitment to the ministry of the youth,” he said.

The task of the Church he said is to instruct, teach, mould, shape and to build the full humanity of our young people.

Speaking on behalf of the national governments Ministry of Women Youth and Childrens Affairs Luke Memua commended the Anglican Church for its vision, commitment and determination to assist young people through the formulation of the policy.

The government he said places a lot of emphasis on youth development of youth policies and is currently in the final process of the government provincial youth policies.

If the Church and government can work together to address the youth issues then we as a nation will have a bright future he said.

The Youth Policy Document was formulated out of the recommendations of the provincial youth consultation in 2007

Eight Diocesan Youth Coordinators who underwent a coordination and management skills training in the last week in anticipation of the implementation of the policy were also commissioned this morning.

The launching at St. Barnabas Provincial Cathedral was attended by the Youth Coordinators, young people from the parishes in and around Honiara, students of St Nicholas High School, members of the Religious Orders and Bishops of the Diocese Malaita, Ysabel and Hanuato’o.