This week Australia’s nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea will celebrate its 40th year of independence. Being one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with 848 languages listed, students at Cairns Business College are making an effort to show this variety to their fellow students and visitors alike.
They display and explain about their home country’s regions and cultural facets, sell beautiful bags, yummy food and coffee. One of the highlights is the face painting stall which celebrates local customs and gives Papua New Guinea culture a visible presence at the school today.
“Studying at a language school does not only mean that you will experience a country far from home,” says Principal Robyn White. “It also enables you to learn about the cultures of your fellow students. As Cairns Language Centre, we support our students to grasp the opportunity for cultural exchange.”
Donations for coffee and face painting will go towards shipping medical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Morobe Province. Equipment includes, for example, hospital beds, dialysis chairs, maternity beds and dental chairs.