By Beatrice Bonakoyai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 21) - Cultural activities may become part of the curriculum for Papua New Guinea schools starting next year.

Culture and Tourism Minister Nick Kuman hinted at this while opening the Gerehu High School Show at the weekend.

Mr Kuman said cultural shows were becoming popular among schools, and such events were the best ways of preserving cultures and uniting the diverse nation.

The Gerehu High School annual cultural show kicked off with their gala day on Friday and cultural show on Saturday.

Many capital city residents flooded the school oval to see a total of 24 cultural groups show off their traditional dance and attire, including a West Papuan group and a group from the neighboring Solomon Islands.

Headmaster Martin Kenehe surprised his students with a traditional 'bilas' the Enga style.

The show coincided with the school's 20th anniversary. Mr Kuman said while officially opening the show that Gerehu High School over the years has proven to be the best and commended the school chairman, headmaster and members of the school council for working over the years to take the school from strength to strength. 

He said the government would put in place a policy for culture to be taught in every school beginning next year.

Only last week, UNESCO rated PNG the fourth country in the world for preserving its culture and tradition. Schools are an avenue for a start in this, the minister said. 

Among the guests at the show were Governor-General-elect Sir Albert Kipalan and Governor for Enga Peter Ipatas.

October 21, 2003

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