Milne Bay graduates another 82 Elementary Teachers

Last Friday, 82 new elementary teachers graduated at a ceremony in Alotau, Milne Bay Province. Australian NGO, KTF (Kokoda Track Foundation) was delighted to once again partner with the Milne Bay Provincial Department of Education and PNG Education Institute to train the cohort of elementary teachers for the remote, maritime Province.

The Milne Bay training was part of KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow project which KTF and PNGEI have been working together to roll-out across Papua New Guinea. The Milne Bay trainees participated in a 24 week program that involved pedagogical theory and standards based and play based curriculum; as well as practicum in surrounding elementary schools.

“We are once again delighted to have completed another successful Teach for Tomorrow project” said Dr Genevieve Nelson, KTF CEO. “The Milne Bay training focused on a cohort of trainee teachers who required a longer period of training and support; but the partnership was determined to ensure that the trainees all had the opportunity to compete their studies in order to become fully-fledged and certified teachers.”

The teachers represent from districts and islands right across Milne Bay Province including: Aida Mwagwaya: “This training has given us a much better understanding of how to be better teachers. We are so grateful that we have been given the full 24 weeks of training which has prepared us for our teaching careers.”

The Milne Bay program was generously funded by the Australian Government’s ANCP program and concluded on 24 November 2018. KTF and PNGEI have trained 3,436 teachers across 13 Provinces in the past 2 years.

Mike Nelson