People can contribute a lot with right skills: District rep

Education

PEOPLE can contribute a lot to their district if they receive the right skills and training that will contribute to development, a district representative says.
Karimui-Nomane scholarship programme coordinator George Bam made the remarks on Friday after witnessing students from the district receive their certificates from Mapex Training Institute (MTI) in Lae.
Thirteen students were sponsored by MP Jeffrey Kama and were part of the 280 students who graduated with certificates in plant operator and motor vehicle driving course at the Lae campus.
“Karimui-Nomane is very remote and most of the students never completed school. Many live in the village,” he said.
“Through the local MPs office, we want to sponsor those people so that they can get good skills and contribute to the district’s development.”
Kama said currently the district was constructing new roads, especially to Karimui station and if extra man power was needed, then the students who graduated would be called to get involved.
“But we need young people to continue such work in the district, many machine operators and drivers are getting old and the ones who are trained will one day replace them and continue in developing the district,” he said.
He thanked the institute for the training of locals and said the district would look at continuing the sponsorship and also increase the number of students to 20-30.
MPI director Marcus Kara said the plant operator and motor vehicle driving course was important because it contributed to Papua New Guinea’s Vision 2050 and other national plans.
“Youths are being left out of the education system and they are becoming a hindrance to our country’s development,” he said.
“By empowering them with skills, they can contribute in a small way.”
Kara thanked stakeholders Lae Traffic office, Lae Road Safety Authority, Morobe government and the Morobe Governor’s office for supporting the course.

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