I am passionate aboutI 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.
ActionsIn 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.