Jobs ‘can cut crime’

National, Normal

The National, Thursday October 24th, 2013


UNEMPLOYMENT and crime among youths are fast becoming a problem in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Life Education Institute principal director Rai Gini says.

“Many parents usually shift their concentration from their unemplo­yed youth to their siblings causing them to feel unworthy in their community,” he said. “I have tutored students who, through harsh treatment and negligence, thought they were destined for a life of poverty.

“And the outcome was rewarding as I now see these youths with permanent jobs.” 

The institute at Hohola enrolls drop-outs from high and secondary schools who have some basic education. The youths are given a second chance in life through the programme.

That enables them to secure permanent employment in companies like Boroko Motors, Curtain Brothers, Electrical Wholesales, Brian Bell and Post PNG.

The institute, through the support of the National Capital District Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) scholarship and church organisations, has more than 50 students graduating, with 75% securing permanent employment in the workforce.

Gini said the institute was helping the nation in reducing unemployment and crime in the capital city, which is bracing for two international events.