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TESS GIZORIA | Kokoda Track Foundation

Happy graduates show their certificates
Huge crowd of graduating teachers celebrate in Simbu Province

PORT MORESBY – The Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), the Papua New Guinea Education Institute and the National Department of Education have collaborated graduated another 660 teachers under two programs sponsored by ExxonMobil PNG, Steamships and Australian aid.

Some 556 teachers from Simbu Province and a further 111 from Central Province and the National Capital District participated in KTF's ‘Teach for Tomorrow’ program which enables partially-trained teachers to complete their Certificates of Elementary Teaching and become fully-fledged teachers

Once certified, the graduate teachers will have the opportunity to access government payroll positions for the first time after volunteering in schools for many years.

“The trainee teachers worked tirelessly as volunteers in village schools while waiting for this training,” said KTF CEO, Dr Genevieve Nelson, of the teachers who attended a six-week program at Kupiano in Central Province

Gen Nelson awards certificate
Dr Genevieve Nelson awards a completion certificate in Kupiano

“It was also a huge privilege to witness hundreds upon hundreds of inspired and committed teachers finally complete their Certificate of Elementary training in Simbu,” Dr Nelson said.

The successful completion of the program in Central and Simbu marks KTF’s eighth and ninth provinces in the Teach for Tomorrow program, bringing the total number of teachers trained to 2,290.

KTF will continue rolling out ‘Teach for Tomorrow’ in early 2018 with plans underway for Sandaun, Hela, Southern Highlands and Enga.


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