Teach for Tomorrow

Location: Oro, Gulf, Morobe, Milne Bay, New Ireland, Manus, Simbu, Central, NCD, Sandaun, Hela, Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces and Autonomous Region of Bougainville

We know a better future starts with quality education. We also know that a quality education is only possible with well-trained and committed teachers. Our Teach for Tomorrow project is training a large cohort of elementary teachers for remote communities across PNG. 

The Papua New Guinean government aims to develop a highly literate and numerate workforce within the next 20 years. To realise this dream, PNG must cultivate a large community of capable and passionate teachers. Investing in the training of new teachers and helping teachers who are only “partially trained” complete outstanding modules of study helps improve future prospects for thousands of children across the country. The engagement of these teachers is crucial to the educational success of PNG’s children and young adults.

KTF is working in partnership with the National Department of Education and PNG Education Institute to help strengthen PNG’s education system by training and upskilling elementary teachers across the nation. Via Teach for Tomorrow, KTF is unlocking the potential of PNG’s aspiring educators and is bringing quality teachers to where they are needed most.

Training Program

Our training program covers a range of teaching topics including elementary curriculum, literacy and numeracy, pedagogy, creative resources, working with parents and communities, and sports and nutrition. We also address a range of cross-cutting issues in our training including child protection, gender equity and inclusive education.

Graduates are equipped to deliver the highest quality education to children in their most formative years – Preparatory, Grade 1 and Grade 2. Our graduate teachers are dedicated to their profession and in most cases return to their home villages to operate remote elementary schools. Having access to highly trained teachers ensures children from remote villages receive a great education, and are encouraged to stay in school.

Expediting Teach for Tomorrow

In 2018, the PNG Government is changing the way it trains and certifies Elementary Teachers. Teachers who were partially trained under the former multi-year, mixed-mode, Certificate of Elementary Teaching will lose their opportunity to complete their training and become certified. Thousands of these teachers are currently operating elementary schools right across the country; 75% receive no pay and 25% receive small allowances. If they are to continue in these roles, they must complete their training and received certification.

If these teachers are not given the opportunity to complete their training, they will be unable to upgrade their current qualifications and will never receive a full Government salary. Their only option to remain in the profession will be to re-train via the new 40-week program being rolled out across the country from 2018-19. Entry to this program is competitive, limited and extremely expensive – out of reach for the large majority of the cohort of partially-trained elementary teachers. If these teachers do not upskill their qualifications, they will be exited from the teaching profession, which would catastrophic impact on education service delivery.

Results to Date

In 2016, KTF entered into an MOA with NDOE and PNGEI, authorising the partnership to work with Provincial Departments of Education and local communities and schools to train as many partially-trained teachers as possible. Since then we have trained 2,290 teachers across 10 Provinces:

  • 330 teachers from Oro Province
  • 37 teachers from Gulf Province
  • 168 teachers from Autonomous Region of Bougainville
  • 120 teachers from Milne Bay Province
  • 534 teachers from Morobe Province
  • 57 teachers from Manus Province
  • 377 teachers from New Ireland Province
  • 556 teachers from Simbu Province
  • 111 teachers from Central Province/NCD

To find out more about what we have achieved during the roll out of Teach for Tomorrow, click here.

Going Forward

There are still 5 Provinces (East Sepik, Sandaun, Hela, Southern Highlands and Enga) remaining that have large cohorts of partially-trained teachers that need to complete urgently. KTF will continue to partner with PNGEI and Provincial Education Authorities, as well as innovative and forward-thinking corporates, donors and philanthropists to take Teach for Tomorrow to new regions.

KTF is also running a follow up Teach for Tomorrow II project to all regions where it previously ran Teach for Tomorrow. Teacher graduates will be provided with ongoing professional development and mentoring with key support provided in child protection, gender equity and inclusive education. This development will also involve working with teachers and their students to make culturally appropriate books and resources for use in extremely remote schools.

Partners & Donors 

We are so grateful to the following partners and donors who have supported Teach for Tomorrow to date:

  • Oro Province – Oro Provincial Department of Education & Australian general public
  • Gulf Province – Gulf Provincial Department of Education & PNG Prime Minister’s Office
  • AROB – ABG Department of Education, Australian High Commission, and Bouganville Copper Limited
  • Milne Bay Province – Milne Bay Provincial Department of Education & Flight Centre Foundation
  • Morobe Province – Morobe Provincial Department of Education, Australian High Commission & Newcrest Mining
  • Manus Province – Manus Provincial Department of Education, DFAT’s ANCP program & Canstruct
  • New Ireland Province – New Ireland Provincial Department of Education, Newcrest Minig and James Family Foundation
  • Simbu Province – Simbu Provincial Department of Education & DFAT’s ANCP program
  • Central/NCD Province – Central Provincial Department of Education, ExxonMobil and Steamships
  • Hela Province – Hela Provincial Department of Education & Oil Search Foundation
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