• Deborah Alois

SUMATIN School Program a success

In it’s second year running, the ‘SUMATIN by Barata’ program for Lae Schools was a great success.

Held from the 25th to the 29th of June, the event saw participation from 9 schools across the city.

The Spelling Bee Competition between Primary Schools saw Milfordhaven Primary School, Taraka Primary School, St. Martin’s Primary School, Amba Demonstration Primary School, Salvation Army Lae Primary School, Lae Christian Academy and Markham Road Primary School participate, with MIlfordhaven Primary School emerging as the competition champions for the year 2018. Their vocabulary lists were derived from topics such as sex education, agriculture, social media and renewable energy.

The Debate Competition between Secondary Schools only saw Lae Secondary School and Lae International School debate, on the topics ‘That social media has created a culture of vanity in young people’ and ‘That plastic bags should have a government tax’. These topics saw great arguments and discussions, with Lae International School standing out as the winners for a second year in a row.

The competition also allowed for students to participate in public speaking, with two students basing their very informative talks around social media usage among teenagers.

Adjudicator and member of event sponsors from Soroptomist International Lae, Miss Jane Kenni, said that she was pleased with the competitions from the schools and encouraged students to continue spelling and debating to enhance their speaking skills.

The event also saw the introduction of the first Lae Youth Summit, which took place on the 29th at the Duncanson Hall, PNG UNITECH. The summit drew a crowd of over 200 young people, who listened to 6 youth speakers share their experiences and motivations. Among the speakers were Co Founder of Tru Warrior Fitness, Tala Kami, Owner of CleanTek Chiller, Ruth Bihoro, Lasallian Youth Minister, Dagia Aka, AFLPNG Flames Coach, Jonathan Ila, Student Youth and Climate Change Activist, Raylance Mesa and Barata PNG Founder, Christopher Lam.

Youth Summit Speakers

Attendees participating in the #PACIFICPAWA campaign

It was a successful summit, with attendees already looking forward to the 2019 edition.

Barata PNG would like to sincerely thank the kind support and donations by Member for Lae Hon. John Rosso, Lae Rotary Club, Soroptomist International Lae, The Voice Inc., NCI Packaging and Colgate Palmolive, who gave product gift bags for all our participants. And also the hardworking committee members, Deborah Alois, Shavina Maras, Carla Sakulas, Gloria Sape, Lorayne Rifu, Lucieanne Galgal, Sylvia Tumonde and Kelly Anderson. It is with all their efforts, support and contributions that this event was made possible.



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