By HENRY MORABANG
EDUCATION is the main way forward for prosperity in Southern Highlands province.
Deputy Governor and Mendi MP Pr Isaac Joseph said this when he visited four community schools in his electorate and presented more than K300,000 to three of them.
He stressed the importance of education which could change lives of the people instead of lazing around.
“We have to encourage our children to go to schools and not sit back and expect hand-outs from politicians,” he said.
Education is the key to success and he urged all everyone to attend any form of education in his electorate.
Pr Joseph officiated at the opening of two classrooms at Mogol Community School in Upper Mendi LLG before he presented K100,000 to Nol Community school in Lower Lai LLG and K130,000 each to Poslim and Pingirip Community schools in Karinz LLG area.
The monies given to these schools were for construction of teachers’ houses and classrooms.
Pr Joseph reminded the people of Southern Highlands, especially in Mendi electorate, not to get carried away with oil and gas resources.
Southern Highlands has hit the news pages around the globe following the recent signing of the LNG project in the province, where bulk of the money derive from the project would go towards funding education in the province.
Pr Joseph also acknowledged the contribution of churches in the work of education.
He said churches, particularly the Catholic and United churches in Southern Highlands, played vital roles and contributed immensely to education and health services in the remote district and sub-district of the province.
While commending the churches, he called on the National Government to work in partnership to fund the church-run institutions such as community schools, high schools, tertiary institutions, colleges and universities where there was more discipline and accountability of taxpayers’ funds.