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Project Background

Education is critical to enabling a stronger, more prosperous Papua New Guinea. To do this, improving enrolments and retention in school is important. There are also considerable issues that need to be addressed in terms of the quality of teaching and learning materials. Primary schools face the challenge of implementing the new Standards Based Curriculum. The Standard Based Curriculum are national standards designed for all students across PNG and includes numeracy and literacy benchmarks.

Project Aim and Objectives

The aim of this project is to improve access to quality primary school education in the remote, disadvantaged communities of Papua New Guinea and increase the enrolment and retention of girls in primary schools. 

The objectives of this project are:

  • Increase enrolment and retention of girls in primary schools.
  • Focus on training teachers.
  • Provide varied and appropriate reading materials.
  • Work with parents, communities and leaders to enable them to improve girls’ attendance and retention in primary school.

The outcomes of achieving these objectives to improve literacy learning will be:

  • 1,000 teachers trained on the Standard Based Curriculum.
  • 240 elementary teachers to complete a Diploma of Early Childhood education, 50% women.
  • 1,000 teachers provided with mobile technology to access learning plans, literacy tools and materials that support primary education.
  • 295 reading centres/classroom libraries established to support the learning of approximately 75,000 girls.
  • 36 reading camps for parents and children to promote the importance of girls’ education.
  • The program will increase the percentage of students reaching national literacy and numeracy standards disaggregated by level and sex. A baseline study to be conducted at the project implementation stage.

What's Covered in Project Costs

  • Training teachers and providing further study to elementary teachers.
  • Increasing mobile technology.
  • Providing literacy tools and learning materials that will support primary school education.
  • Building reading centres, classrooms and libraries in remote area of PNG highlands.

Project Partners

CARE ensures the project is sustainable by engaging entire communities and works with implementing partners including local schools, councils, national government and other NGOs, including:

  • Local community schools
  • Parent and Citizen Committees
  • Provincial Division of Education in the Eastern Highlands Province
  • PNG Government

Part of a Larger Strategy

CARE will help build the bridges between service providers (outreach officers and school inspectors) and the remote communities themselves. Aligned with CARE’s long-term strategy, a more integrated network of schools, government and education stakeholders at the Province, District, and Ward level can collectively address constraints to and improve supply of training, tools and supervision to remote communities. The outcomes and supporting strategies of this project have a high likelihood of achieving long-term sustainability within the rural highlands of PNG.

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