EU: Ground breaking to commence for new teacher colleges

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by Benny Geteng – EM TV, Port Moresby

The European Union (EU) is funding the building of classrooms and dormitories at teacher colleges through its Human Resources Development Programme (HRDP1).

On Monday, 17th November, at the first construction site at Gaulim Teacher College in East New Britain Province, the ground breaking will be accompanied by dignitaries from PNG and the EU.

The construction of a building with six classrooms and two offices in Gaulim will provide space for 210 teacher students.   A duplex dormitory building for male and female students will accommodate for 84 boarder students.

The same architecture will be built on two more sites; the teacher college in Lae and the teacher college in Madang.

The first ground breaking is of high interest for decision makers of the EU. It is a milestone of success for PNG-EU cooperation. EU Ambassador Dr Martin Dihm, a high-ranking delegate from the EU headquarters in Brussels will attend the ceremony, which will be led by Jobst von Kirchmann, Head of the finances unit for the Pacific region.

The infrastructure component of the EU-funded HRDP1 consists of K16 million for construction, of which approximately K5.7 million is spent for Gaulim alone.

Amongst those attending the event will be Education Minister Nick Kuman and Education Secretary Dr Michael Tapo. The ground breaking ceremony starts on Monday morning on the 17th of this month at Gaulim Teacher College in East New Britain Province.

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