They are also in the technological age where information is made available at their fingertips but they lack understanding and comprehension of preventing themselves from communicable diseases. One such is cancer.
In partnership with Exxon Mobil PNG, the Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation is doing its part in reducing the risk by young kids especially children in the LNG affected communities by conducting its school education awareness program.
The PNGCF team concluded it fourth program of the school education awareness program at the Baruni Primary School located just off the outskirts of Port Moresby.
This saw up to a hundred students in the upper primary level sit through presentations and activities conducted by instructors of the PNGCF of the basics of cancer prevention and how they can best prevent themselves and their community from the risks of getting cancer.
There was also a special appearance by the commonwealth weightlifting champion, Steven Kari.
PNGCF programs coordinator, Priscilla Napoleon said the healthy teen’s school program began in 2016 as awareness program focused on empowering teenagers to make healthy lifestyle choices as a way to reduce their risk of getting cancer in future.
She said the past three programs were successful and that the foundation is looking to visiting more primary schools in future.
The next visit will be to St Michaels Primary school in Hanuabada on the 31st of May including Porebada village.
PNGCF in partnership with Exxon Mobil PNG will continue to conduct the Healthy teen’s school programs throughout 2018.