Scholarship launched in memory of late flag designer

A memorial scholarship was recently launched in honour of Papua New Guinea’s national flag designer, the late Susan Karike Huhume.

In a small but significant ceremony on September 13th in Ramu, the SI Ramu Club coinciding with the Independence Celebration of Ramu International Primary School, had Nanny Huhume, husband of Late Susan Karike Huhume, officially launch the memorial scholarship honouring his wife.

Soroptimist International said: “Susan Karike Huhume was 15 years old when she won a competition with her design which became PNG’s country's national identity. Our national flag is the only unifying symbol uniting our people of over 800 languages, diverse culture and traditions, making us ONE PEOPLE, ONE COUNTRY!

“The flag is a symbol of pride and sense of belonging. She is and remains the one true hero of this great nation. May her legacy live on in the lives of all who will benefit from this memorial scholarship.

“Soroptimist International recognises that access to education for girls and women at all ages is a fundamental human right and is vital for development, economic growth and poverty reduction. We live in a world where many women and girls face insurmountable barriers in completing their education, where educational outcomes for girls and women are lacking and access to continuing education is a harsh reality.

“We hope that through this memorial scholarship, Late Susan's legacy will leave on in the lives of the women and girls who can further their education, be independent and economically empowered to sustain themselves and contribute to the development of this great nation.”

Purpose

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist girls further their education, particularly girls who come broken homes and girls who are discriminated by their mere gender.

Target

We are hoping to raise a minimum of K15,000 per year (K15,000 as late Susan was a 15 year old when she designed the flag). But more money raised means more girls can get educated.

Number of awards per year

A minimum of 5 girls per year (5 from the number of stars on our flag).

Award amount

To be advised.

Source of funding

We hope to seek funds through relevant government departments, office of the Prime Minister, business houses, corporate entities and citizens.

Project start date

January 2020

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