Kokoda College: School of Education

School of Education

School of Education

School of Education

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.

Our project

Kokoda College – School of Education is PNG’s leading pre-service teacher-training facility preparing urgently needed teachers for across the country. The College offers a bespoke 40-week teacher-training course via a residential program. Teachers who graduate from Kokoda College are better equipped to teach in rural and remote locations and provide children with superior educational outcomes.

The College has the capacity  to train 60 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.

In 2017, the College will run Flexible and Open Distance Education with a cohort of teacher trainees to upgrade their qualifications from Grade 10 graduates to Grade 12 graduates – the entry level for the Advanced Certificate of Elementary Teaching. This cohort will then be accepted into the School of Education in a mid year intake in July 2017.


  • In 2016, the Kokoda College hosted the Teach for Tomorrow project whereby 330 teachers from across Oro Province were trained and certified. The College hosted professional development workshops for graduates of Teach for Tomorrow.
  • In 2015, 17 teacher trainees from rural and remote locations across the Kokoda catchment region completed the Advanced Certificate of Elementary Teaching at Kokoda College
    • 10 teacher trainees were male and 7 were female.
    • Teacher graduates completed a total of 24 assessments including a practicum sessions in local schools.
    • The final assessment results saw 6 % of teacher trainees receive a high distinction, 71% receive a distinction, and 24% receive a credit.
    • Click through to read the 2015 Kokoda College: Evaluation Report
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