By Martha Louise – EMTV News, Madang
Forty-one schools in Madang Province have completed their School Learning Improvement Plan and were approved and signed by the Provincial Education Director, Moses Sariki.
The program is to empower communities and schools to become independent and innovative by using available resources, through the SLIPs in line with the National Department of Education’s Planning Framework.
Word Vision Madang Area Program Manager, Manu Peter, explains the SLIPs will assist both teachers, parents and the community to contribute to child-friendly schools.
The ‘Together for Education project’ under World Vision Madang, worked with 50 schools in Usino Bundi, Middle Ramu and Rai Coast Districts of Madang province.
However, only 41 schools completed their slip plans and had them approved and signed by the Provincial Education Director, Moses Sariki.
The together for education project is aimed at enhancing access to quality elementary education for girls and boys, with a special focus on literacy and numeracy skills.
The program is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the PNG Government through the PNG Partnership fund.
Madang’s Provincial Education Director says the SLIP program is a very vital tool needed in schools.
However, for now, only the elementary schools have SLIP plans and not the primary, secondary and Vocational schools.
Adding the challenge is now on schools to implement and sustain the plans for the next three years.
Meanwhile, TFF Coordinator believes without SLIP plans most schools are likely to misuse funds.