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Media Releases, 11 September 2015

Students from Kutubu first participation in MMDYC

For the first time, two students from Kutubu Secondary School will represent their school and participate in Transparency International's (TIPNG) 8th Mike Manning Democracy Youth Camp in Lae, Morobe Province.

The two students, Bill Buri and Silvia Maseni, are among 55 other youths from 26 schools across the country were selected to attend the Mike Manning Democracy Youth Camp (MMDYC) at the Okari Conference Centre from 18th -27th September.

ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG), operator of the PNG LNG Project has supported the program since 2010, and this year donated K50,000 to assist the running of the Youth Camp.

The MMDYC targets students in grades 10 to 12 and between the ages of 16 to 21, it aims to instill a higher level of integrity, to reduce corruption and poor governance in the society.

TIPNG Executive Director, Emily Taule said the event is focused on economics, political science and media. It is delivered through intensive workshops, presentations, skill building session and leadership scenario simulations.

"Through the MMDYC participants learn about the basic principles behind democracy and good governance and are put through simulations where they will carry out passing laws and conducting elections," said Ms Taule.

"It is important for today's young people to become good, active and responsible citizens, especially during these challenging times, and the way to achieve this is by educating them about what they can do."

EMPNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity in all of our operations and is proud to be associated with TIPNG and its activities.

"This includes investing and supporting programs such as the Mike Manning Democracy Youth Camp that have focused programs for young emerging leaders," said Mr Barry.

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is a non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to fighting corruption at a national level.

It was formed in 1997 with the aim to combat corruption and promote openness.