The National, Wednesday 29th May 2013
AN inter-school painting competition attracted 150 secondary school students in Western Highlands last Saturday.
The competition was held at the Mt Hagen Secondary School and run by the VJ community outreach programme.
It was sponsored by the WR Carpenters and Digicel.
Carpenters provided winners with various gift hampers. It is also supported by business houses and volunteers.
One of WR Carpenters business arms Daltron also donated two computers to Mt Hagen Secondary school as a support in the education programme.
Programme coordinator Anisha Naqvi said the focus this year was on education and health.
She said the education programme would cater for school infrastructure and student development. It was starting with the painting competition.
The health programmes covered hospitals, clinic infrastructure and medical equipment.
Naqvi said the colour competition was part of developing education to help develop the mindset of students.
She said VJ had been implementing the community outreach programme in various forms in the community.
“VJ would like to see that Western Highlands and Jiwaka should have a very well educated human capital as the foundation for community and national development.
“This must be seen as a continuous exercise starting with children from the early age,” Naqvi said.
Naqvi, a qualified clinical hypnotherapist, said she would also use her expertise to treat and counsel troubled teenage children for free to help thembecome part of society.
“This is the start but I would like to see that human capital is to be healthy and fit to contribute to community and national development,” she said.