Bal Kama

Country representing

Papua New Guinea

Languages

Pidgin English
English

Education

  • University of Canberra
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
  • Commonwealth Secretariat Youth Leadership Training (London); State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Social Research Training (Australia); Legal Practice Training (Australia)

Current organisation

Australia National University College of Law

Current role

PhD in Law candidate

Skills and Expertise

International relations
Law

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Health
Human Rights

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am passionate about seeing young people being trained and educated in holistic education systems, and believe that all children and young people deserve opportunities to receive quality education. When children and young people are encouraged to be disciplined and are given opportunities to be leaders, they are better equipped to reach their potential and be positive contributors in their communities and society. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), I have seen first-hand how many young people become disillusioned at an early age, and often drop out of from school from being academically poor. Feeling dejected, they often cultivate negative social practices. I strongly believe that if young people are trained to be disciplined and creative leaders from early on in life, they will be able to thrive despite their academic setbacks. I hope to see PNG’s formal education system transformed so that it has a stronger focus on the importance of leadership at the tertiary level of education, so it can leave young people feeling empowered and successful when they complete their high school education.

Actions

In founding Kama Scholars Foundation (KSF) – I have been able to facilitate and create positive change to many individuals, families and communities in PNG. Overall, KSF has been instrumental in creating opportunities for children, young people and community members, including socially marginalised groups, through programs that promote inclusivity and empowerment in education, health and justice throughout Papua New Guinea. KSF is a grassroots initiative that empowers disadvantaged young people. The initiative works in the Gumine District in the Simbu Province of PNG, which has a population of 42,000 people. KSF provides scholarships for school children in remote villages and advocates education for young girls, conducts health awareness on hygiene and lifestyle, and empowers disadvantaged youths to escape drugs, crimes and other social challenges. Since 2013, KSF has provided 56 scholarships to young people from remote villages that are all currently undertaking studies in high schools. This has been critical in alleviating the often-burdening cost of education on their parents and allowing students to concentrate on their studies. The foundation has also organised volunteer placements for Australian medical students in rural communities in PNG.