Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas and Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp in a small ceremony officially opened the amphitheater yesterday, 15e December.
Located in the heart of the town of Wabag, the open-air amphitheater will be used to improve access to legal and justice services, provide more inclusive education opportunities for girls, and strengthen cultural understanding and community contributions among young people. .
Governor Ipatas said the amphitheater is a means of improving social stability and economic development.
“Enga now has a natural seat for customary courts and a theater of cultural education to strengthen provincial governance and our unique culture and customs.
“This first-class facility is for the people of Enga, it will help uphold the law and justice, and provide access to key services to our 300,000 people, including women, men and youth.”
The amphitheater will also enhance the legitimacy and functionality of Operation Mekim Save – the branch of village courts responsible for mediating difficult inter-clan disputes by applying customary law.
Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp said Australia had partnered with Enga’s provincial administration to fund the amphitheater to promote social and economic development in line with local priorities.
“The Enga Amphitheater will provide a versatile outdoor space for local activities, education and engagement. We welcome the commitment of the provincial government to make it a catalyst to improve girls’ access to education and strengthen the economic participation of young people, ”said Mr. Philp.
The amphitheater has a capacity of 400 people and includes a uniquely designed roof with four wing structures to cover the audience.
It is part of a cultural hub with the nearby Take Anda Cultural Center, which has provided space for the preservation of Engan culture and customs since its opening in 2009.