ERIC TAPAKAU | Bougainville Copper Ltd
BUKA - More than 400 primary school teachers are now equipped to bring the transformative benefits of a standards-based curriculum to Panguna and Kieta District classrooms in central Bougainville.
Bougainville Copper was delighted to support the Bougainville government’s education department in providing a week of intensive training for 380 teachers at Tupukas, Arawa and St Therese Sipatako primary schools.
The company contributed K80,000 as part of its broader community investment program. Chairman Sir Mel Togolo said the move to standards-based training was about putting in place the best possible structures to support the learning and development of our children.
“The training is essential to building the necessary capacity among our teachers to bring to life standards-based education in their classrooms,” Sir Mel said.
“This type of curriculum is based on best international practice for enhancing outcomes not only literacy and numeracy, but learning overall.”
The training was designed to give teachers the confidence to take ownership of the new curriculum and to adapt their teaching methods to assist students advance their learning and meet the required standards of proficiency.
The education department’s deputy secretary Mary Tuara Remi thanked BCL for supporting the training program.
“The sponsorship helped us to deliver training that has been a success by providing teachers with the necessary skills to implement the standards-based curriculum at junior primary level,” she said.
Ms Remi said the department was hopeful the success of the training would pave way for further partnerships with BCL in the provision of education programs.