by Scott Waide – EM TV, Lae
One of the oldest teacher training institutions in the country will be celebrating fifty years this Sunday.
Balob Teacher’s College, in Lae, began as a teacher training school in 1965 with a handful of students.
Today, it plays a key role in producing teachers who serve in rural primary schools.
Its motto: To Serve, has driven generations of students who have gone out to teach in rural schools.
Today, as the school prepared to celebrate its golden jubilee, its staff and students are looking back at how far they’ve come.
It’s a college jointly owned by the Lutherans and the Anglicans.
The College’s first principal, Fredrick Stollz, arrived this afternoon he will be here for the next three days as the celebrations continue.
In the chaplain’s office, are yearbooks produced during the early years. Before the days of computers, each page of typewritten and each illustration drawn by hand and duplicated.
Balob Teachers College drew students from all over the country. It was a melting pot of cultures and mindsets and graduates helped shape the early years of Papua New Guinea.