The National,Wednesday March 9th, 2016
By MELTON PAIS
Cricket PNG launched a programme called Girls’ Empowerment Through (GET) Kriket yesterday at the Amini Park in Port Moresby.
The launching was done in the presence of PNG Hebou Baramundis and the PNG CPL Lewas, along with female students and their teachers from Marianville, Tokarara, Gordon and Jubilee secondary schools.
Programme coordinator Susan Komang described the event as very special as it coincided with International Women’s Day.
“In PNG, the day is commemorated to show respect, appreciation and love to women and girls and Cricket PNG does this through sports,” Komang said.
She said GET was a sports development programme initiated by CPNG last year and AusAid.
“Cricket PNG is proud to use the sport as a vehicle for change and young girls empowerment in secondary schools throughout PNG,” Komang said.
“Today is an awesome day to celebrate girls’ empowerment through the cricket programme to show respect, appreciation and love towards all the girls and women of this country,” Komang said.
“The main aim of the girls’ empowerment through cricket is to increase female participation in playing the sport and empower young girls through education sessions.”
Komang, on behalf of the Cricket PNG, thanked the schools that started the programme with CPNG and have continued this year.
“We truly appreciate everyone’s contribution in helping us empower young girls who will one day become great leaders of this nation,” Komang said.
“We thank our sponsors, who were loyal in helping us in delivering this programme all throughout last year.”
She said CPNG was planning to improve the programme and reach out to young girls in secondary schools in NCD to achieve its aims.