PNG culture to be taught in EHP

Faith, Normal

CULTURAL diversity is one of the main obstacles that foreign missionaries face when they step on to Papua New Guinean shores.
Many of the issues they encountered were totally new to them and therefore did not have a prepared solution at hand.
To address this and ensure that the missionaries have a fair understanding of what to expect, the Melanesian Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province has in place a programme to resolve the problems.
The cultural orientation programme was designed for foreign missionaries to have a basic idea on what to expect in this country.
It has been recognised as a need for missionaries to be acquainted with aspects of the PNG cultural values and concepts before they could carry out their roles.
It was a programme that had been running for the past four decades and the Melanesian Institute had been in the forefront of this programme.
Now, the Melanesian Institute was carrying out courses within the programme for 31 missionaries at the Kefamo conference centre in Goroka.
The course would run for three weeks and it started on Saturday.