EDUCATION is one of the primary pillars of the Australian aid programme to Papua New Guinea, programme head Stuart Schafer says.
He said through their partnership with PNG, they were working with the government towards common goals in health, law and justice and transport infrastructure.
Speaking at the Australian Awards pre-departure briefing in Port Moresby yesterday, Schafer said education was a tool for development and it enabled young people to gain the basic skills for life and for dealing with other people.
“Education enables us to gain technical skills that can improve productivity, policy setting and programme implementation for our governments,” he said.
“International evidence suggests that education is the best investment we can make as it does more to lift people out of poverty than any other single activity.”
The pre-departure briefing was to those awarded studies in Australia.
One-hundred-and-fourty people made the Australian awards programme.
Public Services Minister Sir Puka Temu said: “Most Papua New Guineans are illiterate because they do not get the chance to be educated.
“Leadership is what’s needed in our nation today at the political and bureaucratic level, in churches, communities and in families.
“My time as a leader will finish but I am happy to see future leaders around me. Wherever you are and in whatever you do, believe in God.”
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