UNFPA supports Vanuatu youth with BCC Programme

Behaviour change communication (BCC) is the strategic use of communication to promote positive health outcomes.

It involves individuals, communities and societies to promote positive communication behaviors mostly on pressing health problems particular on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), based on proven theories and models of behaviour change.

It is an interactive process of an intervention with individuals, communities and societies to promote positive behaviors particular to their setting.

Provincial youth presidents meet Vanuatu Youth and Sports Minister

This was one of the very first opportunities for provincial youth presidents meet  with the Minister and discuss matters relating to young people and also set aside youth councils action agendas to achieve them.

“It’s time for youth talk and a meeting called by the Minister himself is a starter indication to get things positively working out for the council as well as also identify where youth development should be thriving towards in the coming years,” said Mr Ruben.

Reggae Faea music festival successful in Port Vila

Reggae Faea is the only music-led health campaign advocating for the sexual and reproductive health issues and rights of the people of Vanuatu.

Local music bands share messages about the positive benefits of family planning to your life.

Port Vila Municipal youth President John Botleng expressed that Reggae Faea’s purpose is “to provide a safe and friendly platform for young people to learn about their health through music, which is a powerful tool to bring people together, to share information, and to express oneself.”

Vanuatu youth leaders striving to create savings culture

The government has teamed up with ANZ to deliver a course to youth leaders from across the country, with the aim of creating a group of accredited community trainers.

Regina Peter from the Vanuatu National Youth Council says they want to empower young people to make wise financial decisions, but for those living outside the capital, getting access to a bank can be hard.

Peter told Pacific Beat that young people want to save but it is hard for them to get to banks because of transportation problems in rural communities.

'I had no idea Instagram had porn': Keeping kids safe on social media

But for Sydney-based online safety expert Leonie Smith, it was business as usual.

"I've seen more porn, more drug paraphernalia, more violence, more sick behaviour on Instagram than any other app," Ms Smith said of the platform, which the Royal Society for Public Health report found was more likely to leave users feeling anxious, depressed and lonely than Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or YouTube.

The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

What drives these extreme selfie daredevils?

He's got a camera strapped to his head and he teeters on the edge of the roof in a nine story apartment block in Siberia.

"Are you filming?" he asks, as a friend hands him a flaming torch. Orange flames engulf his legs and suddenly he jumps, somersaulting in the air like a stricken warplane before landing with a thud into a deep pile of snow.

T-levels: What are they?

Chancellor Philip Hammond has set out plans for them in the Budget.

He says these type of qualifications have not always been on an equal footing with academic ones - and wants that to change.

T-levels will allow 16 to 19-year-olds to study in 15 sectors in subjects like hair and beauty or construction.

The courses will replace thousands that are currently on offer and it's claimed they will make access to the job market easier.

Students in further education or technical college will also be eligible for maintenance loans.

Why Chance the Rapper is donating $1m to Chicago schools

He also challenged big companies and corporations to follow his lead.

Schools in the US city are being threatened with early closure this summer or laying off staff because of funding shortages.

Speaking to reporters he said: "This isn't about politics, this isn't about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids."

Chance handed over a giant cheque to students at a primary school in the West Chatham area of Chicago, part of its infamous South Side.

He grew up the area and his lyrics often reference his childhood.

Sexual assault: What is your university doing to prevent it?

And it's not an urban legend.

Sexual assault counselling services around the country have disclosed that the number of calls for help from female university students increases during and immediately following Orientation Week events at Australian universities.

"There are always increased reports of sexual assault around O-week," said Chrystina Stanford, CEO of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. "Sometimes the increase comes just after O-week when things have settled down a bit."

Top students more likely to smoke pot, drink alcohol, study says

Although some people believe smart students simply have a tendency to experiment, James Williams and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, co-authors of the new study, say these patterns of substance use may continue into adulthood.

"Our research provides evidence against the theory that these teens give up as they grow up," said the authors, both affiliated with University College London.

Why young people use alcohol and pot