Challenges faced by Gozitan youths discussed at Gozo conference
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The Gozo Youth Conference was held yesterday which discussed the challenges faced by Gozitan youths.
The event,organised by the Ministry for Gozo and the Faculty for Social Wellbeing within the University of Malta, was moderated by Professor Andrew Azzopardi, Dean of the faculty.
Pete Harris, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Newman University in Birmingham, UK, attended the conference and discussed youth violence.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, during her intervention, said that the aim the Ministry is to focus on the needs of the Gozitan community and to implement them.
“In the past there was a lot of talk about big plans for Gozo, but they never came to fruition, today we are witnessing a political style which carries out what is being promised,” she said.
Dr Caruana explained that the Ministry is finalising the Regional Development Plan for Gozo which will include plans up to 2030 – “the target is job creation and commercial diversification, with an economy which is resilient and less dependent on the public sector.”
The Minister added that in the context of all this, “the game changers are the fast ferry, a permanent connection, the optic fibre cable and the package of investment incentives.”
Dr Caruana stressed the need for open dialogue among young people to attain active citizenship, “so it is the intention of the Ministry to be the bridge to put Gozitan youth within the leadership of Gozo.”
Justyne Caruana augured further collaboration with the University of Malta in order to have updated research and human capital trained in youth work.
Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri