Location: Oro Province, Gulf Province, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Morobe Province, Milne Bay Province, New Ireland Province, Manus Province, Simbu Province, Central/NCD Province
We know a better future starts with quality education. We also know that a quality education starts with talented teachers. It is from these two assumptions that KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow project is born.
The Papua New Guinean government aims to develop a highly literate and numerate workforce within the next 20 years. To realise this dream, Papua New Guinea 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
With this in mind, 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. Through Teach for Tomorrow, KTF is unlocking the potential of PNG’s aspiring educators and is bringing quality teachers to where they are needed most.
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 2017-18, the PNG Government is changing the way it trains and certifies Elementary Teachers. Teachers who were partially trained under the current multi-year, mixed-mode, outreach training system will lose their opportunity to complete their training and become certified. There are 7,000 partially-trained teachers across PNG. 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 undertake an additional 6-week training course and complete their certification immediately.
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. 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.
We were given a small window to act. PNG cannot afford to lose 7,000 teachers from the profession.
Results to Date
In 2016, KTF ran a large-scale training program for hundreds of partially-trained teachers across three regions: Oro and Gulf Provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. 330 elementary teachers were trained from across Oro Province, 37 teachers were trained in Gulf Province, and 168 teachers were trained across Bougainville.
In 2017, KTF has already rolled out Teach for Tomorrow to four regions: 120 teachers were trained from Milne Bay Province, 534 were trained across Morobe Province, 57 were trained from Manus Province and 377 were trained from New Ireland. We have also begun the training of 572 trainees across Simbu Province and 110 across Central/NCD. These will be complete by the first week of December 2017.
By the end of 2017, Teach for Tomorrow will have trained or upskilled over 2,300 teachers during 2016-2017. To find out more about what we have achieved during the roll out of Teach for Tomorrow, click here.
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 working to extend “Strongim Ol Tisa” 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.