NATIONAL Cultural Commission has gone further in subsidizing one of the Linguistics students’ tuition fee at the University of Papua New Guinea to safeguard PNG’s indigenous languages.
This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) NCC and Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea (LSPNG) last month.
The fourth year Linguistic student, Wanpis Kii from Yampu in Ambum-Kompiam District in Enga Province was the proud recipient of the assistance.
He was accompanied by his lectures, Dr Sakarepe Kamane and Olga Temple yesterday to NCC Head Office to receive K1, 000 tuition fee subsidy.
Prof. Kamane while receiving the money on behalf of Mr Kii expressed gratitude towards NCC’s kind gesture towards the needy students.
“I am really happy to see the under privileged students being assisted like this. We never know, in the future he might come back and help the organization”, he said.
He said this would go a long way in helping Mr Kii completing his studies at the university.
Ms Temple said Mr Kii was worried because the registration was closing in but with NCC’s assistance he could be able to register and complete his studies.
She said the funding assistance to Mr Kii was timely because he was in his fourth year of study and if he was late for the registration, his work on the ‘Engan Language Proverb’ which is working at the moment would be affected.
The Acting Executive Director Steven Kilanda while handing over the cheque said it was the understanding that NCC and LSPNG signed paved the way for the preservation, safeguarding, protection and promotion of PNG’s language and culture.
“We are currently under funded but very soon we will be okay probably next year and on wards so we will look at signing MoU with UPNG so that we look at developing students culturally,” he said.
Mr Kilanda said this would help NCC and other cultural organizations in the country work towards preserving, safeguarding, protecting,promoting and develop PNG’s arts and culture through developing young minds culturary.