Over 500 students undergo PRIDE Youth Arts Program

More than 500 students in Port Moresby had the opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyle this week during the PRIDE Youth Arts Program at the Moresby Arts Theatre.

PRIDE is a program for schools in Port Moresby that aims to influence education, confidence-building, and the development of expressive abilities in young people.

The students had the opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles with Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) who were invited to speak to the students.

PNGCF health educator Jacob Oburi conducted an energetic and informative workshop on PNGCF’s ‘Healthy Teens School Program’ (HTSP).

The health program focused on empowering teens with information on healthy eating and the benefits of regular exercise.

Oburi informed the students on how to reduce their risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices.

He warned students on how both chewing betelnut and smoking can increase your chances of getting some types of cancer with the simple message, ‘Protect your future. Don’t smoke'. 

Over 200 students from Port Moresby Grammar School, Tokarara Secondary, Gordons Secondary and Marianville Secondary attended today’s program.

About 100 students from Kopkop College, Limana Vocational Centre and Paradise High School attended the program on Monday.

On Wednesday, about 200 students from Caritas Technical, De la Selle Boys Secondary, Port Moresby International and Jubilee Catholic Secondary attended.

The students had many interesting questions and the PNGCF team was able to make sure the students received all the information required.

PNGCF chief executive officer Dadi Toka Jr said, “There is a very high chance that cancer will affect you and your family.

“Introducing the Healthy Teens School Program allows PNGCF to target a particular demographic to have a positive influence on the lifestyle choices they make for the future."

PNGCF thanked MAT for this opportunity and the HTSP sponsors, Kumul Petroleum Ltd and Kumul Consolidated Holdings.

Picture courtesy of PNGCF

Quintina Naime