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Enhancing Scholarship Support in CMCA and Western Province: A Public-Private Partnership Approach

Enhancing Scholarship Support in CMCA and Western Province: A Public-Private Partnership Approach

FODE & Adult Matriculation registration at Samagos Study Center, Kiunga

OTDF participated in discussions with development partners regarding the enhancement of their approach to bolster scholarship programs in the CMCA and Western Province. This collaborative effort aimed to leverage the potential of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism for greater effectiveness was held in Kiunga on September 4.

The workshop, organised by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) Scholarship Team, brought together key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, all actively engaged in supporting scholarship programs.

Sharing  information to streamline and improve the scholarship system

Mrs. Bonnie Yakumani, leading the MRDC team, commenced the event by extending her appreciation to all participants for their active engagement and willingness to share insights aimed at enhancing the support provided to scholarship recipients. During her address, she highlighted the significance of the ongoing dialogue and its potential to pave the way for meaningful change in addressing the challenges faced by both sponsors and recipients of scholarships. Mrs. Yakumani emphasized the importance of mutual support among sponsors and the sharing of valuable information to streamline and improve the scholarship system.

Stakeholders who attended the workshop in Kiunga

Because of these discussions, it was proposed that a dedicated committee would be established to collaboratively develop a robust system designed to address the existing issues. This system aims to facilitate better communication and cooperation among all parties, ultimately leading to more effective scholarship programs that benefit both sponsors and recipients alike. Mrs. Yakumani encouraged all sponsors to work together toward this common goal of advancing educational opportunities and outcomes for the community.

OTDF Program Services Sustainable Development (PSSD) Manager Andrew Mari acknowledged MRDC Scholarship team for reaching out to partners in the province. He said: “OTDF has been providing education scholarship to Western Province and PAD students for over 10 years and has reliable systems and processes in place which can be used to improve the scholarship mechanism currently monitored by the responsible agencies both in the government and private sector. He added that MRDC scholarship team can learn from OTDF and urged that both parties must work together to support the students from the CMCA communities in so doing avoid students doubling dipping into the scholarship funds.

CMCA & Mine Villages Women Associations  Endorse K5.3 Million for OTML Donga Project

CMCA & Mine Villages Women Associations Endorse K5.3 Million for OTML Donga Project

CMCA and Mine Village Women & Childrens’ Association presidents present investment payment to OTML

The eight Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) and Mine villages Women & Children Associations have committed a K5.3 million investment in the 150-men donga project to accommodate employees at the Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) Bige operations.

This commitment was signified by a presentation of a dummy cheque to OTML’s Economic Program Manager, Mr Steve Hoap at the Cassowary Hotel in Kiunga, Western Province on August 16, 2023.

This event was attended by representatives of OTML, Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) and presidents of the nine associations.

Speaking on behalf of the presidents, Mrs Saridu Saudi of the Suki-Fly Gogo Women and Childrens’ Association, thanked OTML for giving the women and children associations the opportunity to invest in the Ok Tedi project. She also applauded OTDF for all its administrative and development support for the women and children programs in the regions impacted by the mine and the province as a whole.

She said: “I am really blessed this morning. I stand with a joyful heart speaking as we present this funding to OTML. This is a major investment for us and as we seek partners to collaborate with us, I want to thank the OTML management for this opportunity. Thank you.”

Saridu Saudi addressing the CMCA Women & Childrens’ Association Presidents forum, Cassowary Hotel Kiunga, Western Province

“We are thrilled to witness the collective effort of the CMCA Women Associations as they commit K5.3 million to the 150 Room Donga Project,” said Mr Havini Vira, CEO of OTDF.

“This commitment reflects the women’s dedication to partner in growth, progress, and improved livelihoods for all,” Mr Vira said.  He said this investment, with guaranteed returns, will generate profits that will support the women’s development activities beyond mine closure.

The presentation event coincided with a scheduled meeting of the Women Presidents, which served as a powerful reminder of the potential that can be unlocked when communities work together towards a common goal.

Receiving the investment on behalf of OTML was Mr Steve Hoap, Manager Economic Programs. He expressed gratitude for the CMCA Women Associations resolve to support initiatives that will generate significant returns for the women and their communities. Mr. Hoap also thanked OTDF for guiding the women leaders and their associations in investing wisely over the years.

UNITECH and OTDF strengthen partnership

UNITECH and OTDF strengthen partnership

The Unitech officials and OTDF Executives showing the signed MOU document

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) and University of Technology Lae (UNITECH), initially signed in 2020, was reviewed and extended for another 3 years (2022 -2025). Signed on Wednesday 19 July, this MOU establishes the terms and conditions under which UNITECH and OTDF will jointly undertake

PNG UNITECH/DODL ratifies all the admissions made by OTDF (subject to fulfilling the eligibility conditions prescribed by DODL) and enrols the students.

The annual enrolment for Adult Matriculation program is 1000 students while FODE is 300 students.

These figures are for both Up Graders and Full Correspondence Students. Total number of students who graduated from the Adult Matriculation program from 2019 to 2023 is 1,117 while FODE is 480. On average, 20 students every year get the second opportunity to attend universities and colleges through our FODE/AM program.

Semester two registration for FODE and Adult Matriculation students, Samagos Learning Center

OTDF’s Star Mountain Community Learning Centre (SMCL) is affiliated with Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE), Department of Education while the Adult Matriculation program is offered under a franchise agreement with Department of Open Distance Learning (DODL), PNG University of Technology. the distance and flexible education program in Western Province. Under the MOU, OTDF advertises the programs at its own cost and admit the students with eligibility under the criteria set by DODL-UNITECH. OTDF also provides all the pre-admission and post-admission services to the students based on specific requirements of each program in consultation with DODL.

Who We Are

OTDF is a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving the lives of the Papua New Guinea communities in which we work.

Each executive and board member, team and individual involved with OTDF is an essential part of achieving the goal of allowing the residents of Western Province to have greater choices in mapping out their own direction to live better lives.

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Our purpose and mission are the same – wisely manage the OTDF programs and funds to assist the Western Province communities with financial self-reliance through socio-economic initiatives, improved health and education, and enabling infrastructure.

Operating independently of OTML since 2009, we are proud to have 50 full-time staff, 60 part-time staff, and committed volunteers throughout Western Province dedicated to ensuring our objectives and goals are aligned with those of the communities for which we serve.

To date, we have achieved significant outcomes across our investment portfolio and all five pillars of CMCA community development.

Economic Development

From inception as an independent organisation in 2010, OTDF has worked tirelessly with the CMCA communities to establish family and village-based economic and food production options.

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Women's & Youth Development

Developing women and youth aspirations following the intensive consultative community engagement in the communities and mine villages.

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OTDF continues to focus on infrastructure delivery for communities to gain easier access to regional centres and government services, and to get produce to markets.

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Community Health

The OTDF Strategic 5-year plan goal for the Health Sector is the CMCA primary health care service delivery strengthened and in line with the Western Province & National Health Plans.

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The OTDF Education Sector goals are to improve to quality education services, improve teacher education and training.

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We are proud to call the Western Province our home and consider each district part of our OTDF family. Each of the 147,000 people who reside in the 158 villages that make up the CMCA corridor are unique, and wonderful in their spirit, culture and sense of pride in their community.

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