Polish community shares its culture and history

The Polish Community in Papua New Guinea opened an exhibition about their country in Madang on Friday 8th July, 2016.

The Polish consular in Papua New Guinea Fr Jan Czuba opened the Exhibition on behalf of the Polish people.

The exhibition is hosted in Divine Word University’s Friendship Library.

The exhibition gives the community in Madang the opportunity to learn about another country.

Fr Czuba who is the recent past President of DWU said Polish people contributed their fair share of good deeds for the cause of humankind and they were pleased to display some of the information about the Poles and their achievements in the exhibition. DWU Council member Sir Peter Barter, University President Professor Cecilia Nembou and other staff and students witnessed the opening.

The exhibition marks 1050 years of Polish nationhood and was organized by Polish missionaries here. One of the missionaries and organizers, Dr Iwona Kolodziejczyk said the exhibition was put together to share their culture with the community. Dr Kolodziejczyk who is an associate professor in DWU said while living in PNG and having daily opportunity to learn and experience PNG culture, the Polish missionaries wish to give back to the community by sharing their own culture.

She said “learning from each other and sharing our cultures help us to appreciate each other and our cultural heritage.”

There are eight banners on display presenting important moments from more than 1000 years of history of the Polish nation and showcasing a few of world-renowned Poles like St John Paul II, Lech Walesa and Marie Sklodowska- Currie. The exhibition is on until the end of August, 2016.

Polish nationals including Fr Czuba have contributed to the development of our University over the years. Family members of Fr Czuba have also contributed to the development of DWU and one of their recent contributions is the Alumnae Park which was inaugurated on Monday 7th December 2015. Among the dignitaries who took part in the opening of the Alumnae Park were the Polish Consul General in Sydney, Australia Her Excellency Regina Jurkowskaand Acting Australia High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Her Excellency Bronte Moules.

Meanwhile in a separate arrangement, five students, two staff and one community member from the university are gearing up to travel to Poland for the World Youth Day on the Sunday, July 17 to share and exchange faith and culture with people from around the world.