Another part of our PNG Rich Learning Environments project is the support of the salaries and positions of elementary and primary teachers across the Kokoda Track catchment region. KTF commits to funding teacher salaries for a finite period of time in order to help communities and school boards of management establish new schools, or fill positions that have been vacant for a significant period of time.
KTF’s support of teacher positions is for a maximum of 5 years and during that time it works with the teacher, the school board of management, and the provincial department of education to develop exit and transition pathways for the teachers.
In 2017, a number of KTF’s teachers will transition across to the Oro Department of Education payroll as a result of completing KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow training resulting in certification for all elementary teachers across Oro province.
The support for teacher postings is crucial to enable teachers to commit to the teaching profession. Village life in rural areas is tough, and in order for teachers to be able to commit to operating the village school, they must have a regular wage and a support structure around them that enables them to survive in the village.
Map of KTF Teacher Post Locations
Read Anthonius’ Story
Anthonius is from Ononda village in Oro Province, PNG. In 2010, Anthonius participated in the first-phase of the PNG Government’s Certificate-of-Elementary-Teaching: a 6-week training-programme delivered by the Oro Education Training Unit. After only 6-weeks of training he did not feel equipped to teach; however was posted to establish a village school in Ononda village which had never before had a school for its children.
Despite being on a government posting, Anthonius did not have his full certification and wasn’t given a Government salary. He operated the school in a voluntary capacity for three years before reaching out to KTF for assistance. KTF supported Anthonius via its PNG Rich-Learning-Environments project and provided him with a wage and a regular supply of educational resources (including library books, stationery and curriculum materials) for him to operate his school of 56 children. KTF is now identifying a new person from Ononda to train as a second teacher for the school.
Anthonious desperately wanted to learn more about how to be an effective teacher and he enrolled in KTF’s teacher training programme at the Kokoda College. According to Anthonius: “The training offered by KTF was far more in-depth and provided more knowledge about teaching and learning. It
has trained me to be a better teacher and I now love my job.” According to KTF’s Kokoda College Manager: “Anthonius is mature and very bright. He has lots of good qualities and continues to develop his skills and knowledge. I would recommend him to be a mentor for new elementary teachers.”
In 2016, Anthonius transitioned across to KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow up-skilling programme and completed the units required for him to graduate with a Certificate-of-Elementary-Teaching and become a fully-certified elementary teacher. He is now eligible for a full Government-payroll position to continue operating Ononda Elementary School and KTF will work with its partners at the Oro Department of Education to transition him across.