By Colleen Barilae – EM TV, Lae
The Catholic Church in Lae has been carrying out youth programs aimed at educating the young people the values of a good society.
Bishop for Lae Catholic Diocese, Christian Blouin said the church’s approach towards these programs is to keep young people away from engaging in illegal activities.
The city has had fluctuating rates of law and order problems happening however, Bishop Blouin said the youth programs provide an avenue of opportunity for the young people.
“Many parishes but not all, the youths are coming together”, Bishop Blouin said.
Though the government is doing little to provide opportunities for the unemployed youths, the churches have stepped in with their youths’ educational programs to help curb the situation.
Apart from the churches’ youth programs, young people in Lae have been engaged in other youth volunteer groups.
The Urban Youth Security Services in Lae has been employing youths.
Member of the youth group Gideon Zoro said he keeps away from crime by volunteering to clean up the Eriku shopping centre in Lae.
“What I see good about this week is that we serve the community to reduce petty crimes,” said Zoro.
Meanwhile, Lae is experiencing a boost in its economy therefore the government is expected to provide more employment opportunities for the unemployed thus minimising the rate of law and order problems.