Oil Search executive director Stephanie Copus-Campbell said the training was an important part of equipping PNG youth with essential leadership skills to make a positive difference in their homes and communities and for their nation.
Oil Search says the Leadership Training Program was conducted at Kikori Secondary School in Gulf Province and Tari Secondary School in Hela Province with more than 120 Year 12 students participating. The program was piloted in Kikori Secondary in 2018, and this year it was extended to Tari Secondary School as well.
Delivered by The Voice, which is a youth development organisation that runs leadership programs for students in PNG, the training was aimed at enhancing the leadership capacity of Grade 12 students by providing participants with essential skills to influence and motivate positive change in their communities and home.
The programme was supported by the Gulf and Hela Provincial Education Boards.
The program focused on understanding leadership and drive, the importance of relationships and how these can encourage or discourage good leadership, the value of learning from experiences, plus the importance of attitudes and capabilities in respect to challenges, choices and desired outcomes.
After the training, the students were tasked with carrying out group leadership assignments to further cement and practice their effective leadership skills.
"Being proactive in developing PNG's youth to drive positive change for their communities and nation is a priority for the Oil Search Foundation. It reflects our aspirations and our constant efforts to ensure the best possible future for the people of PNG," Copus-Campbell said.