GENEVIEVE NELSON | Kokoda Track Foundation
PORT MORESBY - On Friday, the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) announced the recipients of the 2018 Archer Leadership Program at a reception in Port Moresby.
Finding and fostering the next generation of Papua New Guinea’s young leaders, the program works with an exceptional group of final-year tertiary students, taking them on an intensive, experiential leadership development journey.
The 2018 Archer Leaders were announced by Bruce Davis, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, among a range of corporate partners, friends and family.
KTF is delighted with the strength, vision and calibre of the 2018 Archer Leaders. They are an extraordinary group of committed, passionate and driven students, with big dreams for PNG.
This year, KTF increased the number of participants from six to eight with the support of a new partner, Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, which is funding the program alongside the Fred P Archer Trust, which has provided generous funding for the past eight years.
"The Wafi Golpu project has the potential to contribute to PNG for decades to come, and we expect to see the country grow and flourish in that time,” said Wafi Golpu executive general manager–, Craig Jones.
“Investing in PNG's future leaders is just one of the ways the project hopes to support a prosperous future."
The 2017 Archer Leaders also graduated from their year-long leadership development program at the ceremony.
Lydia Dimokari reflected on their year: “The Archer Leadership program is life-changing. It has set my future on a new trajectory. I have learnt so much about my leadership style and personality type and I’ve found my voice”
The Archer Leaders Program is a nation-wide program open to all final-year tertiary students across PNG.
Program recipients participate in mentoring, tuition and boarding fees, educational and professional development resource support, work experience, community projects, and a leadership exchange to Australia.
Image: 2018 Archer Leaders (left to right): Raylance Mesa, Jetta Caleb, Zena Good, Yvette Krimbu, Joshua Kamilo, Helen Yurus, Damaris Wakip, Michel Mel