Youths from the 150 villages situated along OK Tedi Mining’s Community Mining Continuous Agreement Regions, or Mine Villages, will benefit from OK Tedi Development Foundation’s Youth Programs.
The OK Tedi Development Foundation’s Program Manager for Sustainable Service, Eric Kuman, spoke during the launch of the OKTDF’s CMCA and Mining Village 5 Year Youth Development Action Plan, stating these programs will sustain livelihood of the youth financially, and provide education for them.
These programs include rice projects, eaglewood farming, rubber and education FODE centres.
The National Youth Development Authority’s Deputy Director General for Operations, Kia Dama, officiating at the launch, said the establishment of the National Youth Development has decentralise functions right down to provincial, district and ward levels and this is an example of NYDA’s partnership with resource developers.
Hundreds of youths gathered to witness the CMCA and Mine Villages 5 Years Youth Action Plan, launching at Matkomnai village in Kiunga, last Friday.
The 5 Year Youth Action Plan was developed by the OKTDF in in consultation with the National Youth Development Authority and Youth Representatives from the CMCA regions.
OKTDF Community Development Officer, Bala Karapa, said the Youth Program was initiated in 2006 to empower youth by taking lead in bringing tangible development to their community.
The 5 Year Youth Development Action Plan also aligns with the National Youth Policy 2007 to 2017; Provincial Youth Plan and District Youth Action Plan.