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Human Connections Key to addressing World Problems

Port Moresby: Maintaining an effective Human Networking and connection system is key to addressing much of the world’s problems today.

The strong remark was made by five confident students from Marianville Secondary School on the Chat Room of Wednesday 3rd November 2021. All in Grade-Eleven, the students' discussion dwelt on the topic ‘Importance of Human Networking’ where they elaborated on various aspects.

It dwelled on a brief definition of the topic; examples and its importance for young people; the need to be expressive and proactive; mention of Biblical scriptures and prominent quotes; with a demanding call for the current government to seriously support Youth Development Initiatives.

Aspiring to become a Doctor, Janet Minong, explained that Human Networking was all about interacting and forming relationships with others by way of establishing common ground. “As humans we are social beings, and when we interact, we build relations based on mutual respect and understanding. These experiences equip us with a new insight and a positive perspective toward life, with the greater ability to discern solutions even in the midst of profound hardship,” she said.

Vanesa Boga, emphasized the significance of human networking and said it was essential for young people to begin establishing connections at a young age to ensure future opportunities. “Our schools are our training ground and this is where we establish our networks by way of cultivating our skills in effectively communicating with the people around us. The positive connections we create between people today will someday in future benefit us or present us with an opportunity,” she stated.

Reflecting on the scripture of Ecclesiastes 4:9 ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour,’ Suzanne Makara, said when networks were created between people, the benefits stemming from those networks were greater. “No man is an island and someone can try to do things by themselves, but they are limited and will always need help. We all need each other to be able to sustain ourselves,” she stressed.

“As outlined in Ecclesiastes 4:12 ‘A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.’ We are stronger together as a group than as a single individual person. When we collaborate as a group, much can be accomplished in a given period of time, we yield much more than we anticipated because everyone brings something unique to the table,” she further stated.

Tanika Saulep, clarified that human networking was all about a ‘give-and-take’ relationship where all parties or people benefited, and has always been a fundamental way of life. “As captured by Poter Gale’s quote ‘Your network is your net worth’, you are only as valuable as the number of networks and people you know, and the relationships made have to be mutually beneficial where all parties are satisfied,” she said.

She recited the quote by renowned Businessman, Adam Neumann, ‘As the world becomes a more digital place, we cannot forget about the human connection,’ and said that despite the advances in modern technology used in communication, in person communication was still the best way of forming relationships. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining social distancing is now a priority, therefore, various means of communication especially online are now being used that is dramatically replacing face-to-face communication,”

She added, “In-person dialogue is important because you can immediately be able to tell if a person is honest, emphatic and genuine based on their responses, facial expressions and body language.”

Theresa So-on, told of how God created Eve for Adam because of his desire for companionship, and said this was the very first example of a human network being established. “Human networking is imperative for a person and society to undergo a transformation that displays solidarity and prosperity, and it all begins with the teachings and lessons we give to our people today. The government needs to invest more decently in Integral Youth Development Initiatives, and parents need to begin with teaching their kids the prominence of Christian Values and Principles,”

On behalf of the students, Mr Luis Marampau, Animator of Marianville Secondary, thanked TribeFM and the Social Communications Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference, for the opportunity to partake in the Chat Room program. “For our students to attend the Chat Room, it definitely posed to them the chance to develop their communication skills in the areas of public speaking especially on TV and Radio interviews,” he said.

Chat Room’s next session to be held on Wednesday 10th November, will have Journalism students from the University of PNG talk on the topic ‘Empowering Young People through Writing and Dialogue’.

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