Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister for Education in Port Moresby today.
The MOU is a partnership between the Australian Rugby League Commission, and the Education Department, to improve education and health by harnessing the language of Sports. It is to be delivered through the 'League Bilong Laif' program.
Coronation Primary School students in Port Moresby had the opportunity to witness the signing of the MOU by the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.
The 4 million, 3 year initiative is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnership, which delivers sports training and equipment to Pacific Communities.
PNG NRL’s League Bilong Laif program, which harnesses the importance of school attendance, self-discipline, respect and social responsibility, and will equip the roll out of the program.
League Bilong Laif has trained a total of 50 teachers of which 70 per cent are female, and has recorded 3000 students’ participants in the roll out of the program in Port Moresby, and East New Britain. The program allows for equal participation for both boys and girl, and has opened opportunities for women to be development officers.
Minster Bishop also took time to meet Cathy Neap, Game Development Officer, and also witness students from Coronation Primary participate in the roll-out of the League Bilong Laif program.
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