Yesterday the ministry presented the Mitiaro Youth Council with musical instruments including a guitar, ukulele, keyboard, speakers and other items, worth $4000. The ministry will also run a four-day workshop and cover the expenses of three trainers to teach the youth how to use these musical instruments. The total project is worth $10,496.90.
The assistance is part of Social Impact Fund initiative which provides for the delivery of quality services by civil society organisations on behalf of the Cook Islands government to meet the needs of those most vulnerable.
The fund focuses on gender equality, children and youth, disabilities, the elderly, domestic violence and mental health.
The Social Impact Funding proposal to assist the youth of Mitiaro was made by the Matavera Kumiti Oire in April.
The proposal, titled “Music programme as an instrument for youth empowerment”, aims to provide a continuous programme for young people to learn to play music and enhance their musical abilities.
The programme also aims to develop leadership skills in youth in general and build self-esteem in youths at risk.
Matavera Kumiti Oire assistant chairman Takapi Kora said the request for assistance for a music programme was made by a youth member from the island of Mitiaro during a youth convention on Mauke.
As a result, he said the Matavera Kumiti Oire agreed to support the Pa Enua by submitting a music programme for the island of Mitiaro to the Social Impact Fund.
Mitiaro Youth Council’s Toru Rouru thanked the Internal Affairs ministry and Matavera Kumiti Oire for the assistance.
“These instruments will help the youths learn about music and if they get better, they can eventually form a band in Mitiaro. This assistance can help the youth change their lives and use music as an avenue to generate income for them and their families,” he said.
The handover ceremony held at the Mitiaro Hostel was the first part of the Mitiaro Youth empowerment programme.
At the end of this month, a group of musicians are expected to travel to Mitiaro to conduct the music workshops and training.