Twelve illiterate women candidates from West New Britain and Jiwaka Province have travelled to India to take solar engineering courses in Barefoot College.
A joint news conference was held by West New Britain Governor and Indian High Commission to farewell the candidates.
Present at the farewell was West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, Talasea member Francis Marus, Kandrian-Gloucester member Joseph Lelang and an official from the Indian High Commission.
West New Britain Spokesperson Ursula Kumley who is a midwife in the Kandrian Gloucester electorate said, the opportunity paves a new direction in their lives.
West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel said, the intensive training is provided by the Indian Government with emphasis on rural electrification.
Meanwhile Governor Muthuvel said, the selection of women was done by the Barefoot College with no influence by West New Britain Provincial Government or external forces.
The six women candidates from West New Britain and Jiwaka are the first batch for this programme.