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May 4, 2017

Celebrating UOG's Graduation Ceremony

University of Goroka Graduation Ceremony
University of Goroka Graduation Ceremony

Bismarck Ramu Group (BRG) is proud to announce that our first class at the University of Goroka just graduated. This is a major milestone for our education program, “Sharing the Future.”

In late 2015, BRG partnered with the Research Conservation Foundation (RCF), a sister NGO, to offer a joint course in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UoG. RCF takes students for 7 weeks and teaches them on Environment and Conservation while BRG takes the same students in the remaining 7 weeks on Development Tools and Community Approaches.

The purpose of the course was to shift and change the development perspective of the present and future elites of Papua New Guinea through learning and teaching in tertiary level of education. We aimed to change and impact young minds in various field of expertise to question, challenge and influence societal development mindset. Moreover, we intend to instill Melanesian values of inclusiveness, solidarity, and self reliance in-order to become true Melanesian Warriors to reclaim and carve the future they want instead of being controlled and driven by a foreign dominant model of development.

Eight students successfully completed the first course teaching. Two of the eight students that have graduated chose to work with BRG as researchers and community facilitators where they will be using what they learned to empower grassroots and rural Papua New Guineans.

As our 3-year partnership with RCF is coming to an end, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences through the Discipline of Planning & Development Studies has invited BRG for a direct partnership. Discussions are currently underway. In this new partnership, BRG will teach in the Discipline of Planning and Development Studies. BRG has developed a course guide for the Planning & Development Studies together with other teaching materials. These materials have already been tested and approved by the University. Furthermore, moving forward, BRG is looking to recruit more students from the local universities to take part in industrial trainings as well as to up-skill BRG staffs so that we can offer similar courses taught by our own uniquely experienced team.

BRG has created space for students from universities to come and do industrial training. We’ve had students from Divine Word University in Madang, University of Technology in Morobe Province and UoG. At the time of writing this, we have now two students from the Communication and Development Department of the University of Technology on Industrial Training. These two students are doing research on some of the development issues BRG is working on.

It is one of BRG’s key strategies to invest in young people, the future leaders of tomorrow. The organization wants to continue to expand this space for young people not only to do research but to nurture a new generation of young and conscious Melanesians who will be catalysts/agents to make a difference and change the current status quo.

Want to support BRG’s work to challenge and critique the model of development in PNG through learning and teaching? Donate to BRG’s “Sharing the Future” Project now!

BRG-UOG Graduates with their awards
BRG-UOG Graduates with their awards
Student Industrial Training
Student Industrial Training
Feb 28, 2017

More Christians Stand With Local Communities Against Human and Environmental Exploitation

A local representative giving his presentation
A local representative giving his presentation

Local representatives from coastal communities of PNG got an opportunity to express their strong opposition to Experimental Seabed Mining at the annual Caritas PNG retreat in early March. The purpose of this exposition was to inform the arm of the Catholic Bishops Council about Experimental Seabed Mining and give an account on what the proposed Experimental mining is really all about, what it entails and how they feel PNG is being used by the mining industry..

The presentation called for the Catholic community to join them in saying BAN to Experimental Seabed Mining in PNG in line with churches responsibility to be stewards of God’s creation.

The presentation was well received. Feedback from participants was overwhelming and supportive as the church got to hear directly from the people who will be impacted should the proposed mining go ahead.

The Catholic Church through Caritas PNG is now looking into ways to assist and raise more awareness on Experimental Seabed Mining in their respective dioceses, parishes and communities. They are also looking into partnering with other churches and community based organisations (CBOs) to mount a strong awareness campaign in support of the people in the area.

Stay tuned as it appears the local community reps have moved the Catholic Church to begin to take an active role on the Experimental Seabed Mining issue throughout PNG and the Pacific.

Group of local representatives
Group of local representatives
Feb 3, 2017

COMFORT IN A TROPICAL PARADISE

Spoils of a Tropical Paradise
Spoils of a Tropical Paradise

Natural beauty and wonders of a tropical paradise combined with its people and cultural significance has offered a remarkable experience for colleagues and families during the Christmas Holidays.

Family and community is an integral part of BRG’s work. Bringing together families has reignited family values of unity and relationship. A great encounter that brings a lot of good memories and promising hopes for the future for the younger generation, families’ communities and the local village community.

Family picnic on the island, relaxing and enjoying the calm breeze of the Bismarck Sea or just a peaceful natural tropical getaway.

Cultural initiation of young boys in the men’s house symbolizes maturity. Young men are prepared to foresee the challenges of manhood and of living within a communal society and to sharing its responsibilities in a multicultural society.

Surely it is a time of happiness and excitement to welcome a new generation of leaders and decision makers in a grandeur and spectacular style as they came out colorfully dressed and treated to a special cultural parade through the main village with special treats  coming from the sea. That is a marvelous and spectacular dolphin experince.

Dolphins visits is a way of  showing the close cultural connection of the local people with the sea. The coastal environment and its associates holds a deep tie with cultural associated features within the men's house hence enhancing their significance in the local cultural initiation ceremony.

Younger generation showed an aspiring view for the future capturing every moment and beauty of this tropical paradise from dawn till dusk showing a glimpse of treasuring every inch of life’s moment without missing anything. Such appreciation of a tropical paradise gives us a sense of hoping for a better future.

Holiday in a tropical paradise merged with the local culture and livelihood is a worthy cause for saving the future. 

Family picnic
Family picnic
Cultural parade
Cultural parade
Smiles and hopes for a great future
Smiles and hopes for a great future

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