Over the next week, the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), PNG Education Institute and National Department of Education, are expanding their Teach for Tomorrow program to a further 746 trainee teachers across Simbu and Central Provinces and the National Capital District. Generously funded by ExxonMobil, the Australian Government via the ANCP program, and KTF donors, the Teach for Tomorrow training enables partially-trained elementary teachers to complete their Certificates of Elementary Teaching and become certified as fully-fledged elementary teachers.
Over the next 6 weeks, the trainee teachers will participate in lectures, practicum, workshops, and assessments across two locations. 572 teachers will be hosted at a venue in Simbu Province and a further 174 will be hosted in Central Province. Once certified, the graduate teachers will have the opportunity to access Government payroll positions for the first time ever, after volunteering in their schools for many years.
“We are thrilled to once again be working in partnership with PNGEI and NDoE as well as the Simbu, Central and NCD Provincial Education Authorities” said KTF CEO, Dr Genevieve Nelson. “The 746 trainee teachers have waited a long time for this training and have worked tirelessly as volunteers in their village schools.”
Simbu and Central/NCD are the eighth and ninth Provinces that KTF has rolled the training out to. Over the past 15 months, KTF and its partners have trained 330 teachers in Oro Province, 37 in Gulf, 120 in Milne Bay, 540 in Morobe, 57 in Manus, 377 in New Ireland and 168 across the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The Central/NCD teacher training is being generously co-funded by ExxonMobil. “By supporting teachers to further their training, we are in turn supporting over 6,000 children in Central Province and NCD to have access to basic elementary education to complement the National Government’s Tuition Fee Free (TFF) policy,” said Robert Aisi, EMPNG’s Public and Government Affairs Manager.
Additionally, the teachers trained in Simbu Province will provide an elementary education to over 17,000 children across the Province.
The graduation ceremonies will commence from the 7 December 2017.