By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Mt. Hagen
The Enga Teachers College will receive a new classroom block, under the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership. This partnership is to support the college’s goal of becoming a national leader in teacher training.
The Australian Government has partnered with the Enga Provincial Government and funded K10 million, to the construction of the building complex.
The Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, was in Enga Province for the last four days, upon request by the Enga Provincial Government to be updated on provincial impact projects.
Enga Teachers College is one of the initiatives of Enga Provincial Government, to set up higher institutions in the province.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, to signal the construction of the new building. The High Commissioner told the Provincial Government to take ownership, to develop the Province to attract organizations to partner with them.
The K10 Million building project will include 16 classrooms, a state-of-the-art science and computer labs, a library, and other ancillary services. It will also be earthquake-proof, and will be accessible by persons living with disability.
This project will increase access to primary teacher training, to meet the demand for primary school teachers’ nationwide.
Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, who was there for the groundbreaking ceremony, said the construction will create 500 skilled jobs for locals.
He said the expansion will help the school realize its vision of becoming a fully developed teacher training facility by 2025, and will produce an additional 300 new teachers in the next five years.