Schools in remote and rural locations across PNG often struggle to access a regular and reliable source of educational supplies and materials needed to operate classes.
KTF has been supporting 40 elementary and primary schools along and around the Kokoda Track for a decade with annual supplies of resources and materials. In the first half of the year, KTF teams deliver a resource pack that schools need to “kick-start” their years. These supplies are delivered across some of the most remote and challenging terrain and our teams travel long distances by foot, dinghy, or 4-WD to access these remote regions.
For the latter part of the year, school head teachers and boards of management are provided with grant allocations, and they place their orders with KTF according to their individual school needs. Resources may include but are not limited to stationery and exercise books, blackboards and other classroom furniture, library books and text books, and teacher planning and programming materials.
KTF currently supports 40 schools in the following locations across the Oro and Central Provinces in PNG:
Read Roisy’s Story
Roisy is from Alola Village, high up in the mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges along the Kokoda Track in PNG. As a young woman, Roisy understood how important education was to her community and she was identified by KTF, in close consultation with the Alola community, to participate in the PNG Government’s certificate of elementary teaching. When Roisy returned to Alola she established Alola Elementary School with the help of KTF to give the village children access to an education. Women are normally expected to work in the gardens and look after their families and children. However after many years of consultation with her community, and with the support of KTF, Roisy helped them understand the value of education.
Roisy came onto KTF’s Rich Learning Environments project and KTF has been supporting her salary for the past four years as well as providing a regular supply of educational materials to the school in a bi-annual basis. Rossy’s main needs were exercise books, library books, teacher programming resources, arts and crafts, and learning materials she could use to create a rich and warm learning environment for her students.
The government did not return to offer Roisy the opportunity to complete her training, so she was one of the first teachers to enrol in and participate in KTF’s yearlong teacher training program at the Kokoda College. The training has helped her in her role as the first teacher for Alola Elementary School as well as in her new role with Kokoda Elementary School due to a relocation with her family. Student enrolment at Kokoda Pre-school has significantly increased in recent years. Students who are transitioning to Grade 3 are already reading, writing and know their basic letters and numbers thanks to Roisy’s commitment.
According to KTF’s Kokoda College Manager, Petra Arifeae: “Roisy is a more confident teacher and appreciates the training KTF has offered her. Roisy has developed into an exceptional teacher and I would recommend Roisy for further studies to do Primary teaching courses in the future.” In 2016 Roisy completed her certification via KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow programme and is now eligible to take up her Government payroll posting at Kokoda.