LORENGAU - Fifty-seven elementary teachers from Manus Province have received certificates of elementary teaching after completing the Teach for Tomorrow project delivered by the Kokoda Track Foundation, the Papua New Guinea Education Institute and the Manus Provincial Department of Education.
The certificate enables partially trained teachers – some 7,500 across PNG – to upgrade their qualifications to meet the PNG government’s changes to the minimum qualifications required of elementary teachers.
Without the additional six weeks training, the teachers would no longer be employable, putting at risk the schooling of hundreds of thousands of students.
The training, delivered in facilities hosted by the M’Bunai community, gave the 57 teachers the skills, knowledge and qualifications to be registered as fully certified teachers, eligible to be on the government’s payroll.
“Once again, it has been an extraordinary partnership with the PNG Education Institute, the National Department of Education and the Manus Provincial Department of Education,” said Dr Genevieve Nelson, CEO of KTF.
“The teachers have been waiting for this training for many years and are now eligible for full certification and transfer to the government payroll.”
The teachers participated in a graduation celebration last Friday in the presence of family and friends from the M’Bunai community, taking the total number of teachers trained by KTF to 1,252.
KTF will continue to roll out the training to more partially-trained elementary teachers in other provinces and is currently training 400 teachers in New Ireland.