GE and the National Rugby League have announced a partnership to expand the league’s wellbeing program across Papua New Guinea schools.
The NRL Wellbeing program aims to help students make the connections between physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness.
Nearly 20,000 primary school students from Port Moresby, East New Britain and the Eastern Highlands province will benefit from the program and increased education.
“PNG is a nation of Rugby League lovers and this program is a fantastic way to harness the power of sport to inspire children to take charge of their wellbeing,” said GE PNG country leader, Peter Loko.
“Through our experience in healthcare partnerships in PNG, we understand the immense healthcare challenges the country faces and the importance of supporting programs such as this, which address those challenges at a grassroots level.”
GE has been in PNG since 1952, supplying the generators and turbines for the Port Moresby Hydro Electricity scheme. It deepened its commitment to PNG when it opened its Port Moresby office in July 2014.
The company is investing to build local capability and through technology, aims to support PNG in key areas of development including wider access to energy, water treatment and healthcare.
NRL wellbeing facilitators have commenced the program delivery, with the bilingual curriculum tailored to PNG students and highlighting various NRL players, some of whom have PNG heritage, using culturally relevant examples to engage students.
The NRL has been working with teachers and classrooms throughout PNG since 2014, helping to promote various health and wellbeing messages and reaching more than 40,000 students over the past two years.
“The NRL Wellbeing program will help to educate students to prioritise active, healthy and happy lifestyles,” said Mark Mom, NRL General Manager in PNG and former Canberra Raider and PNG Kumul.