ISHMAEL PALIPAL & BEN JACKSON | Bougainville 24
The program aims to raise education levels, awareness and discussion on issues facing Bougainville, especially in the most remote areas of the province.
As in previous years, Bougainville Youth Foundation members are travelling to their home regions to deliver the one-day program to local schools and communities.
The early session covers education, social and health issues including illiteracy, lifestyle diseases, hygiene, maternal health, teenage pregnancy, prostitution and alcohol and drug consumption.
In the late morning there are discussions on foreign investment, cottage industries, customary land, autonomy, path to a referendum, the constitution, law and order, weapons disposal and the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Each afternoon is filled with matters related to mining with talks on sea bed mining in the Pacific and mining issues in Bougainville.
To carry out these programs Bougainville Youth Foundation relies heavily on sponsorship, donations and fundraising events.
Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) has chipped in K1,000 to help fund transport, accommodation and other travel-related expenses as the students move from place to place.
The centrepiece fundraising event is an exhibition of Bougainvillean culture which is held in Madang each year.