15 May 2017
Australian by Degree is a video profile series that captures the inspirational stories of Australia’s global alumni who are achieving great success in their home countries. These short programmes demonstrate how a world-class education from Australia has helped emerging leaders from around the globe to bring new knowledge and innovation to their fields of expertise.
Three inspirational stories from Papua New Guinea
Jane Kesno: Engaging men in halting violence against women
Jane has dedicated her career to working for women’s rights. She considers gender-based violence as one of the most important and biggest development challenges facing PNG today. Using the leadership skills she learned under an Australian Government scholarship, Jane was instrumental in setting up with Male Advocacy Network. This is a growing group of influential men who are leaders in the PNG civil service. They are challenging other men to explore how to put an end to gender-based violence in their homes and workplaces.
Miriam Supuma: Preserving traditional PNG knowledge of the Bird of Paradise
Papua New Guinean Conservationist, Miriam Supuma, is using her second Australia Award scholarship to help her country understand the ecological and cultural impacts of rapid expansion into the country’s unique rainforests. We meet her at the James Cook University campus as she is analysing the data from her latest research trip to the highlands. She tells us about her findings and the importance of her research for documenting traditional knowledge that is in danger of being lost forever. In Papua New Guinea we meet Highlander, Oliver Nombri, who shows us the traditional costume of his Simbu tribe and explains how this is the only connection he still has to his land and culture.
Andrew Stone – Helping PNG’s toughest kids to achieve their potential
As a child growing up in the notorious crime suburb of Tokorara on the outskirts of the PNG capital, Port Moresby, Andrew Stone dreamed of one day becoming a famous rugby player. He played, but a shoulder injury put an end to his career. Andrew became a game development officer for the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) in PNG and he now uses sport to get kids excited about education. Since getting the opportunity to work with Australian game development officers through the Australia Awards fellowship programme, Andrew’s skills and confidence have grown and he’s now not only working in schools but also taking what he learned back to Tokorara.
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