Govt plans to set up city youth project nationwide

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THE Government hopes to set up in other parts of the country the youth project successfully implemented in Port Moresby, an official says.
Port Moresby Urban Youth Employment Project deputy manager Dr Mathias Liu said since the project’s inception in 2012, more than 16,000 youths had received basic life skills training.
“It is a safety net project initiated by the government to provide opportunities for youths in the city who are unemployed between the age of 16 and 35,” he said.
“It is a project that engages trainees to do physical work like cleaning the streets, mixing cements to build pavements, repairing stonewalls broken down in the city, building parking lots.”
A team from the National Planning Department last week visited some of the work carried out by the youths who managed to build 10km of pavements around the city.
Liu said the project wanted to teach team work, commitment, punctuality and having the right attitude.
He said the five-year project was supposed to end last year but was extended to October this year after additional funding by the Australian government.

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