Youths can contribute more if well informed, says director


YOUNG people can make a greater impact in their communities if they are given the right information on issues affecting humanity, an official says.
Evangelical Lutheran church national youth director Robert Martin told The National recently that young people could make greater changes today for the betterment of the country only when given opportunities.
He was interviewed regarding a youth seminar and workshop for youth coordinators from the 14 circuits of Jabem in Salamaua, Morobe.
The seminar was held at St Andrew’s church at Ampo, Lae, on July 30, and focused on social and environmental impacts of the extractive industries in the province.
“This seminar creates an avenue for our youths to contribute their experiences and expectation towards addressing issues which are eroding our human foundation,” Martin said.
“This is an initiative of the ELCPNG’s youth division in collaboration with youth groups and ministries in Jabem.
“It is to provide relevant information to empower youths to be proactive and vocal through community mobilisation and advocacy at different levels of the church and government on the impact of the extractive industry in Morobe and other development issues.”
ELCPNG Jabem president Rev Yasam Aiwara commended the youth coordinators for organising the seminar.
“Jabem has 14 circuits, 113 parishes and 484 congregations.
“It is a big area and therefore, covers a big population,” he said.
“There are many youths in this district and they must understand development issues on people’s lives.”

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