Students learn life skills

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday 23rd November 2011

MORE than 300 students graduated from a life skills training workshop on downstream processing last Friday in Madang.
Primary students and mothers were part of the training.
The courses ranged from stock-feed, brick-making, juice-making, making of peanut butter and bio-fuel and were organised by Simon Samuel, a local from the Duke of York Island, in East New Britain.
Apart from the graduation, the Yabong Women and Youth in Business were on hand to showcase their home-made products like soaps, oil, lotion, perfume, and jewellery.
Samuel had been conducting similar life skills training in many other parts of the country, including Madang.
Among participants was mother of five, Grace Eric, 38, from Maprik, who said the training she received had changed her life and family.
“I can make K300 from selling 16 litres of home-made soap,” she said.
Some of her home-made soap products include herbal soap made from the traditionally grown Gorgor leaf and water lily flowers.
Others included traditional medicinal plants extracts and the use of Noni.
She said processing was done at home after completing two-months of training.
Eric said she had her own clients and the soaps “were selling like hot cake in town”.