Gender Development Officer, Cesley Aiong, said participants learned basic communication skills and approaches to use when negotiating for a win-win result, and on top of that they had training in crucial financial literacy like basic book keeping, banking and investment.
She said there were challenges the participants faced including time management and basic literacy skills.
However, some of them realised how important the adult literacy program that the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture runs was.
Head of External Relations, David Wissink, said it was important to upskill the people so that they are empowered to lead the development of their own communities.
Wissink said: “There is a lot of talk about the Wafi-Golpu Project and when mining will start, but the key resource is the people.”
He stressed that when we invest in people through skills training and other community empowerment programs, we can expect them to enhance their lives.