May 2, 2018, https://postcourier.com.pg/
Despite mounting political and public criticism of the Yoga Walk for Life program, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has revealed that the health fitness program will improve the quality of education.
During the launching of the life fitness program at the Juha College TVET Secondary School at 9-Mile, Port Moresby, Mr Parkop said the program is vital in changing mindsets.
He said the program is an optimistic avenue that will instill behaviour change among the young for a better Papua New Guinea.
“Yoga is all about building self-esteem in everyday living that contributes to being positive thinkers in life.
“For too long Papua New Guinea has lacked human development.
“Development starts with you. Through the program, it builds your mindset to respect yourself, your health and your body.
“When you do that, you will want to start respecting infrastructure before your eyes, the community you live in and so forth.
“It’s all about behaviour change,” Mr Parkop said while addressing the students, parents and members of the Nine-Mile community who were present.
He said despite people commenting on the negativity of the yoga saga recently in the media, these are people who have shallow-thinking to discredit the program.
Mr Parkop said development was not only about building infrastructure. “We fail to build human lives. So I have come up with the initiative to have the program to build self-esteem in every individual,” he said.
“Papua New Guinea won’t achieve its full potential unless we address bad habits and that is changing bad habits.” Mr Parkop said he would improve on building more secondary schools and Juha College was one of them to create more space.
Mr Parkop presented K1500 for the program while businessman Andy Kenamo contributed K1000.
The school’s director John Sekewa said the program would go a long way in instilling good behaviour attitudes among students.