THE Simbu Writers Association is only six months old as a writing organisation but it is already gearing up for two major activities to accomplish in September 2015.
Over the weekend, the seven-member committee met to deliberate on how the SWA will host and manage the 2015 Crocodile Prize in Kundiawa.
Also on the agenda was the second year of promoting the home-grown concept of ‘Simbu for Literary Excellence’ which involves all high schools in the province in literary and related activities.
The committee got together at 11:00 Saturday at Gum Tree Lookout in Kundiawa. The members were pleased to welcome Jimmy Drekore, recently appointed chairman of the Crocodile Prize Organisation and also SWA president.
His presence gave emotional elevation and confidence to the members as they embarked on their discussion of the two events.
Francis Nii presented a seven-page planning document on the 2015 Crocodile Prize, to be hosted by SWA on 18-19 September.
The members scrutinised the document and provided comments, critique and adjustments and came to a consensus.
The plan has been forwarded to the Keith Jackson and Phil Fitzpatrick for their input and feedback.
A Simbu Crocodile Prize Organising Committee was then appointed comprising Joe Kunda (Provincial Administrator), Essy Walkaima (Provincial Education Administrator), Gabriel Aina (Principal, Kondiu Secondary School), Ware Mukale (Head Teacher, Ku High School) and Jimmy Drekore (COG Chairman and SWA President) as well as SWA team members.
The first day of the meeting saw bright smiles on the faces of SWA members as they look forward to hosting the event typical Simbu style – the first time it has been hosted away from the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
The SWA also announced that next year’s ‘Simbu for Literary Excellence’ event will be held on 5 September at Rosary Secondary School.
The culmination of the associated literary competition for the Simbu high and secondary schools – including a debate and quiz - will be held on 19 September to coincide with the Crocodile Prize awards.
Roselyn Tony, Michael Algua and Waugla Wii from Rosary Secondary School are eager to host the students’ event next year.
Mr Algua said that the level of reading and comprehension has dropped drastically in recent times and it has come to the attention of the Provincial Education Authority. The literary contest is being given paramount regard to assure that students benefit from it.
Ms Tony will spearhead the 2015 competition at Kondiu and SWA members will assist to drive awareness in remote Simbu schools.
The committee was also advised that the 2014 Simbu Students Anthology under the management of Arnold Mundua and Mathias Kin is now with Pukpuk Publications awaiting publishing.