Special Guest Grand Chief Somare: SONATHS 17th Anniversary

Former student and first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, is the Special Guest for the Sogeri National High School’s seventieth anniversary.

In an interview, Sir Michael told Emtv that Sogeri has directly contributed to building the nation. Speaking of his days at Sogeri, the Grand Chief expressed gratitude toward Sogeri National High School.


The school was set up by the Australian Government, as a gift to the Koiari people for assisting the Australian soldiers in World War Two. The Grand Chief entered Sogeri in 1956, twelve years after it was established with the name Sogeri Educational Centre.


He graduated the following year and was posted to teach in New Ireland province. Six years later in 1962, he was selected back to Sogeri to complete his training to teach secondary level.


Sir Michael said, he was taught by the best teachers, and students in his time had a vision to contribute in whatever fields to developing the nation. This, they have achieved in bring independence to PNG sooner than what the Australian government had predicted.


The Grand chief will also be featured in our Tok Piksa program on his experience as former students at Sogeri National High School this Sunday at 7pm.

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