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10 January 2018

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The MWTE Project team are delighted to be PNG's candidate for UNESCO's Girls' and Women's Education Prize 2018.

We thank Mr Ponabe Yuwa (PNG National Commission for UNESCO) and His Excellency Ambassador Joshua Kalinoe for acknowledging the vision and work of our volunteer literary project for Papua New Guineans.

Endorsement and nomination at this level is another milestone for Keith, Phil, Pukpuk Publications and the PNG Attitude family's work over the past 12 years in encouraging a sustainable literary culture in PNG.

Heartfelt appreciation for Betty Wakia, Keith and Phil who were an integral part of preparations for the nomination process.

Many thanks and awesome to hear, Mathias.

I'll put your name down and keep you informed as plans develop in the coming weeks.

Congratulations Rashmi on the first anniversary of MWTE. You got me thinking over your last line. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a gathering of all our PNG writers once a year? And I think this not impossible. Count me in.

The MWTE team was delighted to receive an invitation to deliver a message to the students of Paradise College (Port Moresby) at their annual intra-school writing competition (ANSI Writing) awards ceremony on Friday 6 April.

A message was delivered by the team via PNG author, Samantha Kusari. The short speech:
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A message from the 'My Walk to Equality' Project Team:

Congratulations to all students for participating in the ANIS WRITING competition. It is so wonderful to hear from your staff member (Ms Samantha Kusari) of this annual literary activity encouraged by your school.

Ms Kusari is of course a published Papua New Guinean author and so, you are quite so fortunate to have her literary talent so close by.

The 'My Walk to Equality' Project team is a volunteer group of 45 Papua New Guinean women writers (including Ms Kusari), supported by two gentlemen who have spent over 12 years encouraging, publishing and distributing PNG-authored books. They are: Mr Keith Jackson AM and Mr Philip Fitzpatrick, founders of the Papua New Guinea's annual national literary competition, The Crocodile Prize.

We have the vision of using literature to include the voices of Papua New Guinean women in the national conversation about all social issues. We published an anthology in 2017 that has gone on to reach thousands around the world. It is remarkable the reach and feedback we have received. The world is eager to read writing by Papua New Guineans.

The Team would like to encourage the students of Paradise College of these points:

* Seek and appreciate the support of the teaching staff of Paradise College to develop your writing skills. Be excited about the ANIS WRITING competition every year.
* Read - always read because it is a big part of the developing your writing skills in school and throughout your life.
* Write - because the Papua New Guinean voice on paper is as important as any other voice in the world of writing and literature. This point we'd like to encourage especially for all female students of Paradise College.
* Use every opportunity you find to get your writing published and shared with others. Find out about the Crocodile Prize competition and participate.
* Be yourself - write in a style that you are comfortable. A style that leaves you feeling happy and knowing that you have written as much as you can to the best of your ability. Readers will appreciate your authenticity.

Congratulations to you all on this special occasion, especially to those receiving awards today. Have a positive and productive school year in 2018. - END

In line with the My Walk to Equality objective of active citizen participation (via literature) in addressing and working towards PNG achieving its Sustainable Development Goals, I will be attending the Pacific Health Governance: Knowledge Translation for SDGs in Brisbane, on 15-16 February.

https://policy-futures.centre.uq.edu.au/event/148/pacific-health-governance-workshop

I'll be sharing the information and network contacts with the MWTE writers, several of whom work in the areas in which research directions for the Pacific will be discussed.

A big thanks to Phil Fitzpatrick for organising a batch of MWTE paperbacks for networking purposes at the workshop. Very pleased to see that MWTE royalties continue to facilitate the distribution of our anthology.

Thank you, Gary and John.

John - I think with your current book project '8 Million Possibilities', this would be a fantastic year for a national literary gathering.

With a total of 8 PNG writers presenting at 2 Qld literary festivals across 2 years, I think it's time PNG brought the experience to the nation's readers, established and aspiring writers. .

I'll add too that there's been an incredible amount of MWTE support from our Pacific neighbours Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Zealand etc so including them in some way too would be excellent.

Inspiring to read this!

Let's keep at.

Rashmii, keep up the good work. There will always be some difficulties, but keep going.

Thanks to an invitation by Charlie Lynn, I had the pleasure of spending MWTE's one year anniversary, meeting with Adventure Kokoda team members Tracie Watson and Chad Sherrin. I was inspired by their health, education and leadership initiatives run through their community development arm, Network Kokoda. It was great to share the work of MWTE project made possible through PNG Attitude and Pukpuk Publications. Looking forward to a potential near-future collaboration with the team and their field work in places including Sogeri and Ioarwari.

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