Location: Kou Kou, Oro Province
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward
We know that qualified teachers help break the cycle of poverty by inpsiring their students to stay in school and perform to the best of their abilities. Great teachers have the power to transform lives.
Kokoda College – School of Education is a holistic centre of excellence for the training and professional development of elementary teachers. Kokoda College offers a series of pre-service and in-service courses for the training and up-skilling of elementary teachers.
The College has the capacity to train 100 teachers per annum. The curriculum gives trainees exposure to pedagogy, behaviour, culture and language, agriculture, food security and traditional lifestyles, nutrition and active lifestyles, assessment, preparation of home-grown resources, and helps teachers learn to engage parents and communities with learning. Cross-cutting issues of child protection, gender equity and inclusive education are integral to all elements of the curriculum. KTF also runs its Making Books project at the College with undergraduate and graduate teachers, working with teachers to create books based on local custom, folklore, flora and fauna.
Due to changes in minimum entry requirements to the new 40-week Certificate of Elementary Teaching, being delivered out of residential Teacher’s Colleges from 2018, the College also delivers Flexible and Open Distance Education to students from remote and rural PNG wishing to upgrade their qualifications from Grade 10 to Grade 12 – the new entry level for the Certificate of Elementary Teaching. Kokoda College accepts students into its FODE program who are committed to the teaching profession and who one day will enrol in the College’s Certificate of Elementary Teaching. Teachers who graduate from Kokoda College are better equipped to teach in rural and remote locations and provide children with superior educational outcomes.
- Kokoda College hosted some of KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow project whereby 330 teachers from across Oro Province were trained and certified.
- Kokoda College hosted professional development workshops for graduates of Teach for Tomorrow including district and provincial trainers, cluster leaders, and teacher from across the Province.
- 38 students from rural and remote locations across Oro, Central and Western Provinces are enrolled in FODE at the College and will enrol in the 12-month Certificate of Elementary Teaching once they attain their Grade 12 certificates.