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Following my post on the Tingim Yut Kompetisen on a national level, https://yutok.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/world-bank-launched-grant-competition/, the global competition is also calling for applications. It’s theme is on sustainable agriculture. I have copied and paste the information for you all to read.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLACE/0,,contentMDK:21617862~pagePK:180691~piPK:174492~theSitePK:205098,00.html

What is DM2008? 
The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development.Applications are accepted through March 21, 2008 and will undergo rigorous review by more than 200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008 Marketplace event.

This competition offers a unique opportunity to turn your innovative idea for sustainable agriculture in developing countries into reality. If selected, your idea could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years. Click here to review the competition brochure.

Proposals are welcome from all development innovators—civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia and the private sector. See the eligibility criteria for more details.

Proposals must address one of the following three sub-themes:

1. Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets
Farmers are defined broadly to include those who make a livelihood through crops, livestock, agro-forestry, fisheries or aquaculture. Well-functioning agricultural markets can reduce the cost of food and uncertainty of supply, thereby improving food security for both poor and non-poor households. Better markets also result in higher net returns to farmers, derived from reduced post-harvest losses, lower transaction and transfer costs, access to a broader base of consumers and potentially greater value addition. By contrast, inefficient markets and institutional constraints impede growth and lead to welfare losses for smallholders, threatening their competitiveness and often their survival.

Linking small-scale farmers to better markets requires productivity-enhancing change at the farm level that will make their products more attractive to buyers in terms of quality, consistency of supply and price. It also requires institutional innovation in the marketing system that will reduce delays, costs, service gaps, information asymmetries that prevent both availing of opportunities and achieving better market trust and reputation. Ultimately such changes reduce risk.

Under DM2008, proposals for institutional and organizational innovation in marketing systems are sought primarily for: (i) financial and business development services that expand opportunities for more efficient technology adoption and resource allocation by small-scale producers and market agents; (ii) effective producer organizations that can reduce transaction costs and improve efficiency in the marketing chain; (iii) innovations that improve the access of small-scale producers and market agents to transport services, physical markets, telecommunications and electricity in ways that improve supply chain logistics; and (iv) improved sourcing and selling arrangements such as contract farming that will increase access to more lucrative value chains.

2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor
Land is the key asset for hundreds of millions of poor around the globe who work in agriculture. Land and the resources derived from it is the primary source of not only nutrition and income, but identity, wealth and credit access. Thus, the nature of rights to land and resources (including common property and aquatic resources) and the way in which they are documented and can be exchanged are key determinants for and sustainable agricultural development as well as improved livelihoods for those in the rural sector.

This sub-theme seeks out innovative, low-cost and scalable ways to strengthen access to and improve productive use of land by the poor, especially women. These include: (i) legal aid/awareness campaigns and increasing access to records of land and aquatic rights through private-public partnerships to enhance transparency and reduce corruption; (ii) local resource mapping and registration to develop and codify arrangements for effective use of common property resources in a way that benefits the poor; (iii) decentralized settlement of conflicting land claims in post-conflict settings; (iv) local negotiation to allow regularization of existing occupation by marginal or poor populations or access to land through implementation of reform legislation for land and aquatic rights, or through land markets; and (v) technical and other support to enable those received land through such mechanisms to make the most productive use of it.

3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

Agricultural development and environmental protection are closely intertwined. The reliance of agriculture, forestry and fisheries on natural resources means that they can create beneficial and detrimental environmental outcomes. The impact of these activities can be local (agriculture is often the largest water user, for example) as well as global (contributing, for example, up to 30 percent of greenhouse gases). Improvements in agricultural and forestry practices can thus have beneficial impacts at multiple levels: agriculture’s large environmental footprint can be reduced, farming systems made less vulnerable to climate change and agriculture harnessed to promote more global environmental improvement and produce gains locally as well. However, there are often trade-offs between local incentives and global goals.

This sub-theme seeks to elicit innovative systems that ensure local gains to battling the global environmental problems of climate change and biodiversity conservation. Innovations are sought in the following areas: (i) development and production of sustainable biofuels; (ii) methods to scale up payments to ecosystem services; (iii) increased local incentives and benefits to the poor in payment for environmental services schemes; (iv) enhancement of community-level adaptation to climate change in rural areas; (v) reducing the contribution of agriculture and fisheries to greenhouse gases; and (vi) sustainable use and promotion of biodiversity at the local level.

  • Key Dates 

    • March 21, 2008: Deadline for all proposals
    • June 23, 2008: Finalists announced
    • July 28, 2008: Finalists’ proposals due
    • September 24-25, 2008: Marketplace & Knowledge Exchange
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Young People in Papua New Guinea are taking on a Social Media Course. Thanks to Media Snackers, Pacifikayouth, Youth Action for Change and Yu Tok Oragnization, these youths are being taugh basic media tools via an online training. This training course started yesterday, 13th February and will run for 5 weeks.

The facilitators from Media Snackers are based in Europe and the participants are in Papua New Guinea and Tonga. This is a first time for such a training program to reach cross borders and it defies time difference for young people. It all shows the desire to learn social media by young people.

The program was initiated & organized by Pacifikayouth (formerly Youth for a Sustainable Future Pacifika) who have been empowering Pacific youth for four years through initiatives such as the Pacific Youth MDG Summit in 2005, the Pacific Youth MDG Toolkit in 2006 and advisory roles to key development organizations on youth policy.

MediaSnackers, who are coordinating the training with partners from the UK, Germany and Italy will focus on empowering the participants to think about sharing their local stories to a global audience. MediaSnackers Founder said. “It’s an honor to be involved in a such a unique project. Nothing like this has ever been done before and we’re looking forward to seeing, reading, watching and hearing the content which is going to be produced.”

The program is facilitated through the innovative online learning portal developed by Youth Action for Change who have won several global awards for their pioneering work.In Port Moresby, these enthusiastic youths took to the task in their first course and that was to create a weblog. “I am so excited about this blog course. I want to type and type and write about everyday stuff” says Everlyn. Other media tools and softwares to be taught and be used in the course are;– Skype
– Wikis
– YouTube
– Weblogs
– Flickr
– Podcasting/vodcasting

Kevin O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer for Digicel was ordered to leave the country immediately by David Tibu because he did not have a proper working permit to be in Papua New Guinea. Mr. O’Sullivan and 4 of his colleague where asked to depart PNG by the Secretary of Labour and Industrial Relations.

 

Now, I am not a great fan of Digicel even though I have to do business with them, but I think Mr. Tibu must be on a witch hunt here. There are so many illegal immigrants in Papua New Guinea and many of them are operating businesses which are reserved for nationals to do. Yet, Mr. Secretary has turned a blind eye and decided to go after someone who is generating a lot of growth in the economy.

 

A copy of Mr. Tibu’s letter was sent to Mr. Peter Loko who is the Chief Executive Officer for Telikom, Digicel’s main competitor and rival. Now that raises the question of why Telikom was copied on this letter. If it was all about breaching working permits, I don’t see any point Telikom needs to be copied.

 

It’s weird!!

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http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080102/wehome.htm

Digicel CEO ordered to leave

Labour and Industrial Relations Secretary David Tibu has ordered Digicel’s chief executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan to leave the country immediately.
He has also ordered five senior expatriates of the Irish-owned mobile phone company working in East New Britain to leave.
Mr O’Sullivan is overseas until later this week but it is not clear if he left because of the order or because of his own plans.
It is understood Mr Tibu has issued the orders in a letter signed by himself because Mr Sullivan and his colleagues were allegedly working in the country without having proper work permits.
Labour Department yesterday confirmed a letter was written to Mr O’Sullivan and his officers but could not further comment on the issue as it was the duty of Mr Tibu to officially comment.
Labour also confirmed the letter was delivered to the company executives but could not detail the date of departure. The Post-Courier contacted Mr Tibu while he was having his New Year function yesterday but he refused to comment.
It is understood the letter has also been delivered to Industrial and Relations Minister Mark Maipakai for consideration.
Mr O’Sullivan is understood to be aware of the orders. It is not known if the other five are still in PNG.

 

http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080103/news01.htm

Digicel permit ‘breach’DIGICEL chief executive officer Kevin O’Sullivan yesterday refused outright to reveal how he came into Papua New Guinea to do business without a work permit.
Mr O’Sullivan, who came into the country a few months ago, is wanted by the Labour Department for conducting business and working without a proper work permit.
But Digicel executives (named) told the Post-Courier yesterday Mr O’Sullivan and the other expatriates had valid business visas. However, the Foreign Affairs office advised work permits were given before business visas were issued and that business visas varied.
The Post-Courier called Mr O’Sullivan three times in his Fiji apartment but he refused to comment, adding he had not received or seen the letter from the Labour Department wanting him to show cause.

Mr O’Sullivan has denied revealing how he entered the country without a work permit, as he tried to solve the issue in “confidential” talks with Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mark Maipakai.

However, Mr Maipakai has over-ridden his department secretary David Tibu’s advice not to accept any pleas from the controversial mobile phone company.
Mr O’Sullivan confirmed yesterday “we are at open discussions with the minister”.
A COPY of Mr Tibu’s letter dated December 21 obtained by the Post-Courier and also sent to Telikom CEO Peter Loko, the Chief Secretary Issac Lupari, and Chief Ombudsman Ila Geno stated Mr O’Sullivan and Mr Maipakai had a discussion on that issue last month.

Thus, Mr Tibu appealed to Mr Maipakai stating: “My Good Minister, I appeal to you for your support and that we are united in our stand to weed out from this country, illegal foreign workers. Please allow the show cause process to be completed before any appeals to the Office of the Minister, is allowed to be made.”

Mr O’Sullivan was asked if he had discussions with Mr Maipakai and he admitted: “Yes, we had discussions”. Asked what they discussed, he said: “That would be confidential between us and the minister. I am not going to make any comments to the newspaper because it’s professional to conduct my business with the minister.”

Asked if he had received a letter notifying him and his staff to show cause, he said: “You got the letter before I did so I won’t make any comments until I see the letter.”
Mr Tibu’s letter said: “First, let me explain that as an administrative function by law, I have issued a Show Cause letter to Digicel on 7 Dec 2007, as to why the nine female employees were terminated from their jobs on 22 November 2007 by the financial controller (named) who had no valid work permit to be working in PNG. Due to the nature of the matter, we wanted to hand deliver the show cause letter to Digicel’s head office in Gordon,” Mr Tibu stated.
He added: “Digicel refused to receive the letter at the gate, four times on Monday 10 Dec, 2007. In the end, we had to post it at the Port Moresby Post Office.”
Thus, Labour delivered another Show Cause letter, because Digicel was treating the department with contempt, Mr Tibu stated.

“Digicel has not complied with the requirements for foreign employment in this country. Indeed we have penalised the first nine non-citizen employees for working in the country whilst on Business Visas. This is illegal and it shows that Digicel has no respect for our labour laws. We have been reliably informed that there are many Digicel employees working whilst on business visas, which needs further investigation.”
 

 

  Tingim Yut Kompetisen 2007 Launched  

Port Moresby, November 27, 2007 – The Tingim Yut Kompetisen 2007 will be launched at the Koroboro International School today. Youth groups and community organisations are encouraged to participate and submit their innovative proposals for community projects from all around PNG.

The Tingim Yut Kopetisen held last year received a record number of 820 proposals from around the country. The theme of this year’s Kopetisen is “Kamapim Komuniti”. The Tingim Yut Kompetisen is a nationwide search aimed at finding and funding innovative projects for the benefit of PNG’s young people.

It is an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with Air Niugini, Bank South Pacific, Coral Sea Hotels, Digicell, Divine Word University, NASFUND, Pacific Enterprise Development Facility, Koroboro International School, and the French Alliance. 

The main objectives of the competition are to identify workable, ground-level ideas that will help address PNG’s key development issues and to assist small organizations to develop proposals and seek funding. The competitive process will identify local innovators and provide donors with potentially new avenues to work effectively at the grassroots. Ideas that work well will be publicized and may serve as successful models for use elsewhere.

The Tingim Yut Kopetisen assessment process will include workshops to assist the finalists to fully develop their proposals. Through these workshops finalists will be encouraged to develop their skills in budgeting, project management, monitoring and evaluation etc.  There will also be displays of innovative ventures by young people who are already doing something within the community in Papua New Guinea.

A youth representative will also be a guest speaker talking about their experience as youth entrepreneurs . Proposals to be submitted to the World Bank and the closing date for submission of proposals will be Feb 29, 2008. The assessment of the submissions will take place in April 2008 with winning groups to be announced end of the month.

These groups will then be asked to nominate one person to attend a workshop at Divine Word University in Madang to develop more detailed proposals and learn about project planning and implementation. In early May 2008, a representative from all finalist groups will be brought to Port Moresby where they will display their project ideas at a public forum.

On the Award Day, a panel of distinguished Papua New Guineans will decide and announce the winners. Winning groups will have their projects funded for 12 months. To be eligible for consideration, recognized youth or community groups have to find partnering organizations then submit application that answers a set of questions about their project plans. 

For more information please contact:  Port MoresbyRex Paura 675-321 7111 Email: Rpaura@worldbank.org

 http://www.thenational.com.pg/112107/Nation%201.htm

By ISAAC NICHOLAS
THE majority of workers in the country will find more money to spend in their pay packets after the Government announced tax relief in the 2008 Budget.

Treasury and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch yesterday unveiled a record K8.9 billion money plan for 2008, which included tax relief for both workers and businesses.

Handing down the 2008 Budget, “Empowering the people of Papua New Guinea”, in Parliament yesterday afternoon, Mr Pruaitch said personal income tax threshold had been increased from K6,600 to K7,000.
He also announced a reduction in marginal rate of income tax from 25%-22% for people earning between K7,000 and K18,000 a year.This means, for example, a worker earning K18,000 per annum or above would receive a tax cut of K430 per year.


Business will also get relief with the Government’s continued effort to address impediments to doing business by abolishing stamp duties on borrowings, bills of lading, incorporation of companies, and, insurance policies.In addition, the Government will abolish the debits tax currently collected by banks as a small charge on every debt they processed.
This will benefit business and workers who operate bank cards to draw cash or do transactions.
Civil servants, as a result of the new wages agreement negotiated with Public Employees Association, will receive a general wage increase amounting to more than K1,000 a year together with other non-monetary benefits.

The 2008 Budget provides for total expenditure and net lending of K6.99 billion or 35.5% of GDP.
This includes total recurrent expenditure of K3.636 billion or 18.4% of GDP and a total development expenditure of K1.88 billion. Personnel emoluments again takes out the bulk of the recurrent expenditure with K1.5 billion due to increase in school teacher numbers, industrial awards for health officers, superannuation contributions and increase in staffing.

According to the total Government expenditure, total payments including total expenditure and net lending of K6.99 billion, amortization K1.99 billion and loan repayment of K4 billion brings the total expenditure to K8.99 billion.

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What is competition?

Yesterday, I was walking downtown and I came across two street vendors selling top-up cards. One was selling prepaid cards for b’mobile and the other flex card for digicel. They both sat together and was doing their business without even an argument and it just prompt me to write something about competition.

 Competition (according to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia) is the rivalry of two or more parties over something. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which coexist in an environment with limited resources. For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, and mates. In addition, humans compete for recognition, wealth and entertainment. Competition can be remote, as in a free throw contest, or antagonistic, as in a standard basketball game. These contests are similar, but in the first one players are isolated from each other, while in the second one they are able to interfere with the performance of their competitors. Competition gives incentives for self improvement. If two watchmakers are competing for business, they will lower their prices and improve their products to increase their sales. If birds compete for a limited water supply during a drought, the more suited birds will survive to reproduce and improve the population. Rivals will often refer to their competitors as “the competition”, and the term competition can also be used as to refer to a contest or tournament. 

Now consider the current “Mobile War” between Digicel and Telikom, Digicel has truly lived up to the definition of a competitor by heavily investing into its marketing strategy and be a player in the mobile industry. They have practically gone down to the lowest level in the community to involved street vendors.

The funny thing is, Telikom is not trying to compete at all, they only want to sit-back and protect their investment. This poses a threat as they may be over-run by a bigger competitor who is moving with momentum. When face in such situation, Telikom should not sit-back………they need to also compete thus looking to invest more and invest strategically.

Last time I posted something about accessing Email on HF Radio. Well, things have now changed. No longer can you just access email on HF Radio but you can also access broadband internet via the HF Radio. You can surf the net, watch TV, do Video Conference and so much more. This is all thanks to the Brilliance of one Papua New Guinean, Wilfred Amai.

 


Wilfred who owns Skylink Technology is putting Papua New Guinea at the Top of the World. PNG has now an alternative to satellite dish. Gone are the days of satellite, gone are the days of cables. PNG will go wireless and be the FIRST in the World to access Broadband via HF Radio. It is just as similar as using Email on HF Radio, but the only difference is SPEED.It is a thousand times faster and you can download a 34Mbytes data less than 3 seconds and the speed is increasing. He is working on developing the speed to reach Giga bytes per second. It seems impossible at first but Wilfred as discovered an innovative NEW technology that has been PATENT in Australia. No-one can copy his work.So the war is brewing now, as we have just made a presentation to Telikom and already Digicel is calling for another presentation.More to come!!

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Skylink:
SKYLINK Communication Limited is an IPA registered 100% Papua New Guinean owned company specializing in the research and development of innovative Communication Systems.

The main vision of the company is to develop and market a cheaper and more robust communication system that is user friendly and as an alternative to existing systems of telecommunication. The company derived its inspiration from the fact that PNG’s geographical and topographical setting rendered telecommunication in PNG very unreliable, ineffective and costly.

Rationale of behind the use of Ionosphere
The ionosphere is the upper most part of the atmosphere and is ionised by solar radiation. This gives ionosphere its property to refract radio waves such as short-wave. When using High Frequency bands, the ionosphere is utilized to reflect the transmitted radio beam. The beam returns to the earth’s surface, and then be reflected back into the ionosphere for a second bounce. The ionosphere in its sense acts as a satellite for Radio waves.


Ionosphere at 300km in the atmosphere will refract HF communication signals carrying large amount of data in real time improving on delay effects experienced by geo-stationary satellites at 36 000km.

The present invention relates generally to a data transmission system and in particular to a system for transmitting and receiving data at very high speed over a standard wireless HF communication link. Although HF radio frequency data transmission systems have been in existence for many years, no one has yet found a way to transmit large volumes of audio, video and data content in a real time, high speed environment. What that means is that this new invention can now enable people to send and access large volumes of data (through the internet) cheaply using the HF system everywhere, including rural areas.

This high speed communication system has also been developed to ensure the security of data communicated through the network, whilst redundancy has also been built into its systems so as to maintain uptime as much as possible.

Redundancy means having alternate routes for data traffic to be routed in the event of the default route malfunctioning. Redundancy also means having backup power in the likely event that main power goes off. It means building ‘intelligence’ into the network to enable it to automatically adapt to failing data traffic routes without human intervention i.e. the use of routers with automatically updated routing tables constantly determining the next best route.

In terms of compatibility, this communication system is compatible with all standard internationally approved equipment. This allows all types of computers and peripherals to be connected to the network. In fact, the system has been initially trialled in the presence of PANGTEL in January of this year, 2007, to ensure that it complied with regulatory standards of the use of the HF channel and that it didn’t interfere with other commercial users of the Radio Frequency Spectrum in any illegal way.

The trial involved downloading a 22 megabyte file in approximately 20 seconds using a narrow channel standard HF frequency at around 4.920 MHz. This translates into a speed of approximately 9 or 10 Mbps. This is more than 3,000 times faster than a commercial HF data transmission system. That is because commercial HF Data communication systems are only known to be able to work at speeds of up to around 24 kbps at the most. Apart from government and corporate dignitaries, there were also technical specialists from PANGTEL and other HF communications companies present at the trials to verify the system.

A year ago, I had the opportunity to attend the launching of the World Development Report for 2007 in Singapore. This launching coincided with the IMF/World Bank annual meeting for the year 2007. The Report was focused on young people and is titled Development and the Next Generation. This particular report is interesting as it recognizes the importance of young people and encourages governments to invest in youths.

What is World Development Report?
The World Bank’s annual World Development Report (WDR) is an invaluable guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. Past reports have considered such topics as the role of the state, transition economies, labor, infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. The reports are the Bank’s best-known contribution to thinking about development.
World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation.
So why is the World Bank interested in young people? Two simple reasons

Reason One

  • “There’s never been a better time than now for countries to invest in the next generation”

  • There has been an enormous progress over the past 30 years in terms of education world wide and the decrease in infant mortality

  • But this progress brings further challenges such as, “Are there enough jobs? Does the education prepare us for the daily lives? We encourage more primary education, but what about secondary education?”

Reason Two

  • We have the largest Youth Bulge ever

  • The youth bulge in the population pyramid due to decreasing fertility rate and growing aging population

  • Falling fertility rate leads to lower demographic dependence (a lot more working population) however this dependence will increase eventually in some countries due to the aging population.

  • Policies and institution matters- human capital and skills development

  • Which paths do developing countries follow?

The 2007 Report: Development and the Next Generation uses five transitional stages that youths go through in life and uses those transitional phase to find gaps for investment. These transitional stages are: Going to School, Staying healthy, finding a Job, Leaving home & starting a family and Exercising citizenship.

According to the World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation, developing countries which invest in better education, healthcare, and job training for their record numbers of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years of age, could produce surging economic growth and sharply reduced poverty.

With 1.3 billion young people now living in the developing world-the largest-ever youth group in history-the report says there has never been a better time to invest in youth because they are healthier and better educated than previous generations, and they will join the workforce with fewer dependents because of changing demographics.

“Such large numbers of young people living in developing countries present great opportunities, but also risks,” says François Bourguignon, the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics.

“The opportunities are great, as many countries will have a larger, more skilled labor force and fewer dependents. But these young people must be well-prepared in order to create and find good jobs.”

The World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation use three lenses to look at social issues affecting young people around the world. Expanding Opportunity, Enhancing Capacities and providing Second Chances.

  • Opportunity to build skills and safe guard them e.g. education, relevance of the education system.

  • Opportunity to be heard, positive ways to make that mark e.g. Brazil’s consultation with youth before policies are made

  • Is there support for young people to help them make right choices? E.g. In Bangladesh there are bank accounts in the names of girls as they were willing to study and remain unmarried until they do so this has helped increase the enrolment rate of girls in terms of education. It was very successful.

  • Second chances to allow young people to get back on track and recover

  • To ensure that there are no parallel system for those who have succeed and those who fail.

  • Restoration rather than retribution

“Most developing countries have a short window of opportunity to get this right before their record numbers of youth become middle-aged, and they lose their demographic dividend. This isn’t just enlightened social policy. This may be one of the profound decisions a developing country will ever make to banish poverty and galvanize its economy,” says Emmanuel Jimenez, lead author of the report, and Director of Human Development in the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Department.

They have come from far and wide. To meet up with their destiny. To see the “Writings on the Wall”. Find their fate which is engraved on the wall and work on making it a reality.

How surprised they were….to find a wall without markings. Nothing written and Fr.Brian with a mocking smile on his face.

What?? Is there no writing on the walls?? Where is my destiny…..I want to follow my fate

Fr. Brain ” There is nothing on the wall for you. Your fate is in your hands… Today you will chart your new life and work towards making it work for you. Your destiny is your own, you must write it on the wall where a space is left for you.

So take this maker, take this new sheet of paper.

And write your dreams away.

Write what you feel is dearest to you.

Write what social issues that affect you.

Write them all and leave out none.

For today, your destiny will be written.”

  

With new eagerness, 89 out-of-school youths took to the walls. Markers in hand and papers flying. These young adults comprises of unemployed youths, sex workers, ex-bomana inmates and a few curious onlookers.

 What happens at Open Space?

Open Space gives everyone a chance to create their own agenda and to discuss the things that are most important to them.  A trained facilitator in the form of Fr. Brian who “Open the Space” and describe how the meeting works but he did not set up the topics to be discussed.  It was the participates themselves who choosed the topics then start their own, smaller discussion groups with anyone else who is interested.

Here are some of the issues they wrote:

  • Education for grassroots
  • Education reform system
  • Employment problem
  • Education – Peter
  • Education – Eva
  • Unemployment – Robert Ali
  • What are the jobs, chances, opportunities for ex-prisoners
  • Abuse against women (family problems)
  • After school no employment – stap lon street – David
  • Lack of job opportunity – Peter
  • Should there be chances or opportunities (job) for ex-prisoners
  • No job because of no experience – Matthias
  • Education, job, health, Communities, nogat luksave – John
  • We have the qualification (education) but wantok system is the problem
  • Wai na government I no lukluk long ol yuts long sports
  • There should be some sports education in prison
  • Breaking of cultural values that demoralize our customary and traditional values – Ellison
  • I want to continue my education but no school fees – no one to help me – Muli
  • No jobs and education for youths in settlement area – Andy
  • Police brutality (tougher penalties) – James
  • Lack of job opportunity youths in the streets – George
  • Money – because no job tintin short mi painim tarablo – Lapa
  • Money is everything – John
  • Lack of education, lack of govt. support to youths, job opportunities for grasruts, better living for people in PNG – Peter
  • No school fees
  • Government doing nothing against the unemployment of youth, job, opportunities – Steven
  • Life em hard na mistap long hausi – Herry

These young people where given the opportunity in the form of “Open Space” where they discuss pressing social issues and the areas they need help in. Their issues are summaries and presented to the minister for youth and other youth stakeholders who will set-up programs to help these young people. The Open Space in Port Moresby was a pilot project with similar projects happening throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Kanda Catch!