GENERAL Electric has partnered with Australia’s National Rugby League to help expand the league’s wellbeing program across Papua New Guinea schools.

The NRL Wellbeing program aims to help students make the connections between physical activity, nutrition and mental wellness.

Nearly 20,000 primary school students from Port Moresby, East New Britain and the Eastern Highlands province will benefit from the program and increased education, GE said in an announcement.

NRL wellbeing facilitators have commenced the program delivery, with the bilingual curriculum tailored to PNG students and highlighting various NRL players, some of whom have PNG heritage, using culturally relevant examples to engage students.

Mark Mom, a former PNG Kumul and the NRL general manager in PNG, said the program aimed to change the lives of PNG children.

“The NRL Wellbeing program will help to educate students to prioritise active, healthy and happy lifestyles,” he said.

The NRL has been working with teachers and classrooms throughout PNG since 2014, helping to promote various health and wellbeing messages and reaching more than 40,000 students over the past two years.

GE PNG country leader Peter Loko said the program was a great way to harness the power of sport to inspire children to take charge of their wellbeing.

“Through our experience in healthcare partnerships in PNG, we understand the immense healthcare challenges the country faces and the importance of supporting programs such as this, which address those challenges at a grassroots level,” he said.