By Gwendah Babah – EM TV News Intern, Mt Hagen
All-girl school, Notre-Dame Secondary in Western Highlands Province has celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Established in 1969 by the Notre Dame Sisters of the Catholic Church, the school has contributed to producing the country’s human resources, by educating thousands of Papua New Guinean women.
In commemoration, the school invited professional women from across the country and abroad, to give inspirational speeches to the students including long serving school principal, Sister Mary Vivette, who flew in from the US to celebrated the Jubilee. Sr Mary previously served for 17 years.
Key note speaker, Divine Word University President, Professor Cecilia Nembou, who is the first Papua New Guinean woman to receive her PhD in Mathematical Science, told the school that nothing is impossible in achieving careers that only men have been dominating.
Former Notre Dame Student, lawyer, Amanda White, encouraged the school girls to have big dreams and achieve their goals and ambitions.
All speakers encouraged the young women to aim high and stressed the importance of educating girls to fill up male dominated employments.
A two-day celebration centred around the school’s 50th golden Jubilee’s theme; ‘Promoting Women’s Integrity to serve Globally’.