I WAS looking through my old files and thought this newspaper report written in 2010 was applicable to you (learning people) today as well.
It appeared in The National, October 6, 2010.
Picture: Sandaun (West Sepik) students attending the University of Papua New Guinea performing a traditional dance (singsing) on their provincial day in 2010.
THE head of a PNG university said that for a province and its people to move forward in unity amidst diverse cultures, people must be educated to work towards peace, development and having international understanding.
“To achieve success for a person or province three key factors are important: attitudes, perseverance and good leadership,” vice-chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Professor Ross Hynes, said.
As a guest speaker for Sandaun provincial day celebrations held on Saturday at UPNG, the academic and administrator acknowledged the great potential that Sandaun has in oil and gas resources, as well as being the gateway to Indonesia. However, he said the most important resource in the province and country for that matter was the people - the human resource.
Hynes urged the students and the Sandaun citizens, who gathered for the celebrations, to develop good attitudes. He said the difference between rich and poor countries is not dependent on age, natural resources, race or any other factor but on having good attitudes.
People who have good ethics, integrity, are responsible and have respect for others and their rights have good attitudes.
“Your attitude can be your greatest friend or your best enemy,” Hynes said.
Hynes also urged the Sandaun people to persevere in what good they are doing and to develop good leadership qualities.
“The future of Sandaun is positive, however, the outcome is dependent upon the people educating others to have a right attitude and to work towards peace, development and having international understanding,” Hynes said.