Meet Moveni Ti’aseuga, 32 year-old from the village of Vailima.
Mr. Ti’aseuga believes that the youth of today are the future of tomorrow, but that saying cannot come true when the youth are just throwing their lives away doing nothing except starting up trouble everywhere.
As a youth himself, he told the Village Voice that one of the solutions to the many problems with the youths is sport, especially rugby.
“I believe sports plays a big role in the lives of young people,” he said.
“Sport helps bring the young ones together especially when tournaments start. This is a good time for the youths of other teams, from different villages and places.
“They will get the chance to get to know one another and especially to have fun.”
As for the problems, that are arising from the youth, “Well, it all comes down to the lack of education and disobeying the parents,” Mr. Ti’aseuga said.
“We all know what the bible says, “we children should listen to our parents.”
“If we don’t listen then this is the result; it’s either we go stupid or end up in jail.
“And that’s where education comes in. If we are well educated people then we will know what the bible says and we will follow it.
“I know we are living in a world that is filled with tribulations but that’s why our parents took us to school so that we would know right from wrong and we will know what to do and what not to do.”
And knowing right from wrong?
“The answer is obedience of course,” he said.
“If we don’t obey we end up doing stupid things and our actions will lead us to jail.
“And it will become a habit that is very hard to break so to me it’s all about obedience.
“Obedience and a good education is the key to a successful and prosperous life.”
He went on to say that in his village the pulega of alii and faipule are strict which to him is a good thing.
“Some youths they are not scared of their parents but they are scared of the pulega of alii and faipule because they don’t want to pay fines in the village.
“So this stops them from acting silly because they know they will suffer the consequences of they don’t follow the rules made by the village matais, alii and faipule.”