n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Youth development : a Pacific context

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



One of the problems facing people who work in youth development is understanding the origins of the paradigms of development and participation, and how these relate to a youth development approach. Development and participation have different meanings for people working in the Pacific region. Over time, traditional kinship / / relationships have facilitated important ways of supporting young people in their development. Although development and participation paradigms are relatively 'new', traditional societies contend that developmental tasks or rites of passage have evolved over centuries and that any youth development argument must consider those traditional ways that support young people in their local community. This article presents ways of working with young people that are inclusive of the historical and current contexts of youth development approaches. While it emphasises the need for agencies, organisations and youth ministries to look within their own institutions for congruence in how they provide development opportunities for their staff, it does not try to reflect the full spectrum of the development and participation discourse or to criticise those institutions that work with integrity in partnership with youth.

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