THE TERM “lost generation” in Bougainville describes the generation of children who grew up during the Bougainville civil conflict and missed out on an education.
Most have since married, settled into village life and given up on education but the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) is adamant that these youths and adults be given a second chance at bettering themselves.
President John Momis said the lost generation had not been forgotten by the government.
“Bougainville must have its own education system that caters for the lost generation as well as other people who missed out on an education,” Dr Momis said.
“The ABG is working on creating an education system that specifically caters for this group of people. Instead of bringing them school, we will bring the schools to them.
“When there are issues pertaining to Bougainville’s future our people need to be able to make an informed judgement on them,” Dr Momis said.
“We must produce doctors, lawyers, teachers and so forth but we must also be concerned about the lost generation who, through no fault of their own, were left behind.”
Dr Momis said the ABG will now emphasise giving the lost generation an opportunity to get an education.
He has already met with the provincial education minister to ensure the government’s priority for more people to have a basic understanding of the political journey Bougainville is embarking on is met.
With a raised level of basic education, people will have the opportunity to decide in a democratic manner and deermine for themselves what they believe is the correct option for Bougainville.