PAPUA New Guinea is experiencing an economic boom and has found itself having a shortage of skilled workers.
In order to address this, wife of the Prime Minister Lynda Babao says more emphasis is needed on education.
“Many of our people are unable to find meaningful employment due to lack of skills, lack of education or poor education.”
She said like any other countries, PNG’s education system was not perfect, not without fault.
“The Government alone cannot address all the education requirement, specialised education and have programmes to cater for those that have fallen out of the formal education system, and this is where educational partnerships play an instrumental role,” she said.
She said educational partnerships between the government, NGOs, churches and the private sector and development partners would help increase the accessibility and quality of education.
Babao said with these partnerships, educational programs outside the formal system could be developed to empower those that had fallen out, to enter mainstream education to find employment, such as the Salvation Army Street School in Lae, which taught children from the streets.
She commended the Salvation Army’s commitment to education in PNG and appealed to the business houses to give generously while presenting her contribution of K10,000 from the O’Neill Foundation to the Red Shield Appeal recently.
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