Lasallian Youth Minister for Papua New Guinea, Dagia Aka says a busy calendar of events are planned in 2016, aimed at forging closer ties between Young Lasallians around the country.
Dagia is a talented public speaker who graduated from Jubilee Catholic Secondary School in Boroko last year and took on the position of Youth Minister early this year.
His Lasallian education left him with a strong commitment to helping the disadvantaged and he has plans to become a social worker, having embarked on university studies in the field.
"I had such a great experience in a Lasallian school myself that I wanted to contribute back to the Lasallian family through a leadership role in youth ministry", Dagia explains.
"I'm really looking forward to travelling right around PNG, including to many of the remote provinces where there is a great enthusiasm for the Lasallian mission".
Dagia travelled to Sydney in January to attend the Lasallian Youth Ministry Induction program and the Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar.
He is now planning a Mini Student Leadership Seminar on 5 March for secondary students across three Lasallian schools in PNG- De La Salle Catholic Secondary, his old school, Jubilee Catholic Secondary and La Salle Technical College.
Senior students from these three Lasallian schools will also attend a Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar from 26-28 February aimed at equipping prefects with the necessary leadership skills they will need in the year ahead.
In previous years, Young Lasallian volunteers from Australia have been involved in facilitating this seminar alongside school captains from Lasallian schools in PNG.
But this year, the event will be led exclusively by Young Lasallians in PNG itself, in a strong sign of the vibrant and growing Lasallian network in the country.
Through working alongside fellow Alumni, Young Lasallian Volunteers, Youth Leaders and Religious Education Coordinators, Dagia is looking forward to planning a number of other events including a Lasallian Encounter Camp for Year 9 students and a Student Exchange during Founders Week, aimed at forging closer ties for between Lasallian schools.