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April 7, 2020
Education Highlands News

Early Childhood Learning a Key Investment

The University of Goroka Council and management says to ’Take Back PNG’, everyone must invest in early childhood learning.

UOG Chancellor, Professor Joseph Sukwianomb says as the leading national education institution, they will look at the provisions of early childhood education and be innovative in their programs.

He said this at the 4th graduation of its Regional Campus in Mt Hagen recently.

UOG has expanded to train teachers in early childhood in diploma and degree programs.

Professor Joseph Sukwianomb says this is by going back to the roots, with the education of young minds, so Kindergarten students can learn phonics, and most importantly, PNG’s history.

“Their brains must be well developed at an early age, to be smart when they grow up” says Professor Sukwianomb.

The University is expanding its program as a community-based outreach facility.

They partnered with West New Britain Provincial Government and rolled out early childhood diploma and degree programs.

They will soon roll out their degree programs for Primary Teaching at Madang Teachers College.

Starting next year, Enga Teachers College will be offering UOGs Bachelor of Science program for Secondary teaching.

The University Council is aiming to be the frontrunner in building human capital development, in support to take back PNG.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Musawe Sinebare says the University is committing resources to develop post graduate programs for teachers, so that they can produce enough content in class.

Meanwhile, the council graduated 18 teachers at their regional Mt Hagen Open Campus recently.
The Council also made announcements that school fees for next year will remain as it was this year, to allow students to receive the education they wished for.

By Vasinatta Yama, EM TV – Mt Hagen

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