Bougainville’s future remains on the veracity of its young generation as it stands to engage the future and the global community.
ABG Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau has encouraged youths to play a role in Bougainville’s future.
“You are not tarnished by history or prejudice – your journey is just beginning, as young people you each have a role in writing part of our future,” he said.
“You have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and help building a stronger, united and more prosperous future for all, you can do this regardless of the path that you chose to take, whether as young corporate leaders, public servants, community leaders, academics, members of your church and so on,” he said.
Nobetau said that by committing to a collective future the youths can play an important role and he was confidence that they would make a very significant contribution.
“Ask yourself what you have done to demonstrate leadership and ask yourself what you can do in the future, the world is very much your oyster and I encourage all of you to be creative and to explore all possible opportunities,” he said.
“Leadership itself can mean many things, it comes from within and each of you here today have already demonstrated leadership through your scholarly work and your commitment to your education,” he added
“As you can see, leadership is not something that is static – it is based on individuals taking responsibility for others with the intention of helping them to learn, improve and grow.
As each of you embark on your next chapter, whether that be going to university, undertaking additional training, or joining the workforce you too will need to show leadership.
This requires maturity and self-awareness and an ability to channel the skills and knowledge that you have gained in your school years to make a difference, whether that be by improving yourself, helping your family and friends or contributing to a broader goal.
Each of you have the capacity to lead and I encourage all of you to look within to examine what leadership roles you can take on in the future.
As young Bougainvilleans I have faith that all of you will make a very significant contribution.