Focus on youths

District and LLG leaders voiced their support during the commemoration of the International Youth Day, which falls on the 12th of August every year.

KVULLG observed the event on Friday, August 11th, with a march pass from the Kokopo Secondary School roundabout to the market, where speeches were held under this year’s theme of ‘Green Skills for Youths’.

KVULLG Manager, Freddie Lemeki, said the theme points to skills at home or in the communities, where young people can tap into to add value to their lives.

Youths Told To Campaign For God

The gathering took place from June 18 – 19th. The two youth groups programmed a return fellowship prior to a combined fellowship back in May, with more than 50 youths hosted at the Sivitatana village in inland Rigo.

Deacon Makora from Sivitatana village shared to the youths on how life is useless and pointless without God, and must be given back to the creator. 

The Sivia youths performed dramas, creative dances and celebrated in line with the Sunday service that was led by the Local Minister for Sivitatana Reverend Bola Bora and Youth Executives.

Empower People To Help Themselves: Eoe

He said many times communities are sitting back and asking for handouts, they want us leaders  give funding for new clinics, schools and churches, yet are basic needs they cannot be delivered all at once.

“They want hospitals, clinics and schools I cannot do that with the money I have, so what we do is give them the tools to empower them and they help themselves. This is smart thinking all we need to give is roofing irons and nails and they build what they need,” Mr Eoe said.

Youths help restore security

NCDC Social Services Director, Janet Haua said the new initiative called ‘Safe and clean Central Business District’ is currently being piloted in Gordon.

She said the initiative is looking at the general cleaning to maintaining law and Order including; removing of waste, ensuring bus stops are free, and doing awareness to the public of the importance of living in a safe and healthy environment.

The program also aims at giving back opportunities to the under privileged youths and develop a pathway for them to know their worth and potential to be successful.

Second chance for youths

The young men have been selected as part of a two-month heavy equipment operator training program with MAPEX Training Institute.

Samarai-Murua MP, Isi Leonard Henry, announced the program adding that he wanted to help these troubled youths get an opportunity to change their lives.

The Member outlined that this program is different from the usual scholarship that he has in his electorate.

The youths that he selected were deemed outcasts and troublemakers in the area.

Youths on murder charge allowed bail

Lua Iru and Wari Varage were arrested on April 8 after they allegedly killed a man on April 6 while fighting over a disputed land.

The man they allegedly killed intervened to stop the fight after they used fence posts to attack each other.

The deceased was struck on the back of his head. He felt pain to his head and was coughing up blood when he was taken to the Kupiano Health Centre.

He was later taken to the Port Moresby General Hospital but died on the way.

Youth take initiative while waiting on election results

The group, consisting of 128 boys, were in town to support candidate contesting the Usino-Bundi Open seat Vincent Kumara and decided to clean up the town as part of their community service.

As a community and youth leader back at Bundi, Kumara was pleased to see the youths do something productive while waiting for the election results in Madang Town.

With the theme "Carpe Diem" or "Sieze the Day", the boys did a 2.5km Sunday morning walkathon from Bukbuk to Tusbab beach picking up rubbish along the way.

​Emerging leaders’ congress for B’ville youths

Organised by Credit Union Foundation Australia, the event was held from May 23-25.

CUFA project officer, Ms Nellie Onabake, said the three-day Congress is aimed at getting youths, who have undergone CUFA trainings for the past two years together, to share their experiences.

“The youths will share with each other what kind of enterprises they have done after undergoing our trainings, so others can learn from their experiences,” she said.

Bringing out talents with Sprite

This idea is captured through Sprite Saikap – the PNG adaptation of Sprite’s global campaign “Obey you”.

In its second year now, the event is staged with the main message to encourage young people to step out of their comfort zones and follow their passions.

“We understand that with the literacy rate in PNG, sometimes, people are not so academically talented. So Sprite Saikap is just to encourage them that you don’t have to be school smart or book smart to make something for yourself,” said campaign manager Jacob Ilave.

Youth champions urging peers to stand up for SDGs

Bronwyn Kili, Lydia Dimokali, and Nathan Garry have been selected as the Youth Champions for the Global Goals by the United Nations in Papua New Guinea and are generating a youth movement towards the Goals.

Last week three champions organised a workshop for representatives from the University of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, National Capital District Gender Desk, Basketball Federation Papua New Guinea, High Performance Sports, Mission Vibe, and Youth for Change.