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September 22, 2021
Education News

Culture Connects special schools education program

PORT Moresby Nature Park wrapped up its special schools education program, ‘Culture Connects’ this week, educating over 5000 students throughout the 3-week duration of the program.

This yearly program is the third of a series of four special themed education programs run an at the Port Moresby Nature Park through its education department since September 2016.

Since the inception of this special schools education program, the Park’s Education team has had
many successful highlights.

A reunion photograph. Now a qualified teacher, Ms. Stella Belinda Phillar (standing
second from left) brings her Grade 8 students of St Patrick’s Primary School all the way from Gabuone in the Central Province out to Port Moresby Nature Park for its education program. Ms. Phillar was a volunteer/trainee teacher with Port Moresby Nature Park back in 2018 during the Culture Connects program where she met POMNP’s Education Manager, Ms. Shirley Mogi and Wildlife Manager Mr. Ishimu Bebe

One of them is the working partnership with Teaching Colleges such as the Sacred Teachers College in Bomana where trainee teachers support the Park during the Culture Connects program on a voluntary basis as part of their practical assessment. In turn, once becoming teachers, they bring their students back to the Park to be part of its Education Program.

Port Moresby Nature Park’s Education Manager, Ms Shirley Mogi is especially thrilled about this
year’s batch of students, as their participation in this year’s ‘Culture Connects’ program enabled the Education team reach their year’s target of educating 24,000 students in the third quarter of the year without yet commencing fourth quarter.

“We have yet to enter the final quarter of the year and already we’ve reached our goal and it’s all
thanks to the dedication of our teachers and students as well as the wonderful support of our good
sponsors Sir Brian Bell Foundation, British High Commission and the support of NCDC Transport
Division”, said Ms Mogi.

“It’s been a successful three weeks with students from elementary through to secondary schools
joining us here at the Park and we’re now looking forward to an even more exciting themed program
in Term 4, fully aware that we are now exceeding our target figures for the year and educating even
more students out here at the Park through our Mission in Education”, added Ms Mogi.

POMNP’s Education Manager, Shirley Mogi, speaking to students from Gordon’s Secondary School.

The Port Moresby Nature Park wishes to thank all the schools, Foundations, NGO Groups, Church
Groups, Youths, etc from around Port Moresby and Central province that have participated in the Culture Connects Program this year. Everyone’s participation in the program signifies how much school administrations, teachers, parents and students valued culture in our society today.

Tremendous thanks goes to the continuous support from the Park’s valued sponsors Sir Brian Bell
Foundation and British High Commission, whose sponsorship has allowed more students to be
educated at the Park through its educational programs.

Similar thanks is extended to the hard-working team from the NCDC Transport Division whose
support has enabled the Park to witness large numbers of students being transported safely to and
from the Park daily to attend its Culture Connects sessions.

Port Moresby Nature Park through its Education Program educates students and the local
community on the importance of the natural environment in order to enhance the cultural integrity
of local people, giving them more reasons to protect and conserve their natural environment.

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