How education broadens career pathways

“When I came in as a teacher, I had a passion for education planning and policymaking. Despite having a limited understanding [in these areas], this passion motivated me to pursue further studies,” Dorothy said.

Count Her In: Rakara Raula-Nelson reflects on PNG National Women’s Day

“When culture limited women’s participation to kitchens and childrearing, my dad taught me otherwise. Today, I’m the first woman in my family to hold a degree because my dad invested in me,” Rakara shared.

Bewani Health Centre receives support

The Australia Awards PNG Alumni Grant Scheme (AGS) is brightening up the Bewani Health Centre in Sandaun Province with new lights in the delivery room, improved water supply, and a ramp for accessibility.  

Lifting skills for aviation in the mining industry

Since 2011, Australia Awards has supported more than 1,400 Papua New Guineans to take up
long-term studies in Australia, including Philip Takirua.

Beyond the Degree – Fidelis Golu’s Making a Difference

An Australia Awards Scholarship is an opportunity to transform development policy. Bougainvillean
Fidelis Golu knows this firsthand as an alumni.

From Australia Awards alumna to CEO

Australia Awards alumna Vicky Vene personifies the transformative power of determination and
hard work.

Signing to make a difference

On International Day for Persons with Disability (PWD), we celebrate the journey of Clare Guria, an Australia Awards alumna and champion for PWDs.
Clare’s story is a remarkable one, depicting strong determination to achieve goals despite having a hearing impairment. Her journey began in the heart of Wewak town, where she grew up and attended primary and secondary education.

A Journalist’s Mission to Amplify Community Voices

In remote Kabwum district in Morobe Province, Kevin Dayonga grew up fascinated by the mysteries of the world. From the vanishing sun to the prospect of rainwater filling the ocean, his curious mind pondered it all. But it was the mechanics of radio voices that truly captured his attention.

Jopok’s qualification benefits his society

Jopok Akepalua dreamed of becoming a priest, but things didn’t work out the way he thought they would. While studying at St Fidelis College, a seminary in Madang, he was called back to his district, Kagua-Erave in the Southern Highlands, to teach grade six due to a shortage of teachers.

Inclusive education in Bougainville

Anne Lydia Dandava always believed that education was the key to a better future. Growing up in a Runa village, located at the fringe of Arawa town, southeast of Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Anne knew firsthand the struggles that many of her peers faced in accessing quality education

Agents for change

Agents for change

“I believe that, without the opportunity of studying abroad I wouldn’t have realised the significance of being a change agent myself and ensuring the work I do benefits people in the community,” says Donny Kupamu, Australia Awards PNG graduate. “There is a broader...

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Passion recognised with a Queen’s honour

Passion recognised with a Queen’s honour

When disability advocate Ipul Powaseu found out that she would be receiving an Order of the British Empire’s (OBE) Queen’s Honour medal, she felt humbled and determined to finish what she started. Ipul was recognised in October 2021 with a Queen’s Honour medal for her...

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A bright future ahead of lost years

A bright future ahead of lost years

Challenges in pursuing education is a familiar story across Papua New Guinea. For father of three John Timothy (pictured above), such a story is all too real. Now that he's about to complete his master's degree as an Australia Awards scholar, John looks back on his...

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