By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Nine teaching colleges across the country received a boost to their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) departments recently.
Dauli, Enga, Melanesian Nazarene, Holy Trinity, Balob, Madang, Gaulim and St Peter Chanel Teachers College were proud beneficiaries of this upgrade, supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea.
The upgrade involved installation of a new computer lab for each college, connection of wireless internet, donation of tablets and the installation of digital library.
This support was worth over two and a half million kina, and is aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in these provinces.
Australian High Commission’s Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Caitlin Wilson, was present to launch the ICT infrastructure upgrade.
“This boost will mean a better teaching and learning environment, and a quicker certification process, allowing for faster progression into the workforce,” she said.
Ms Wilson also stressed the importance of working together across the sector to support better outcomes for students.
“Teachers colleges throughout the country have an important role in training teachers to educate Papua New Guinea’s children. Working together to improve the quality of education needs wisdom of the experienced, guidance from policy makers, grounding in community, bright minds of students and equally important – the resources to support learning development,” Ms Wilson said.
Ms Wilson reiterated that this investment by the Australian Government is part of a broader partnership with the PNG Government in a range of other areas across the education sector.
The launch was attended by representatives from the National Department of Education, the Australian High Commission and the nine colleges.