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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.

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