By Gwendah Babah – EMTV News Cadet Journalist, Mt Hagen
A non-profit organization, Save the Children Fund, is leading in improving the numeracy and literacy skills of children and adults in PNG.
Under one of their recent projects, launched in 2017, Save the Children Fund has trained over one thousand nine hundred teachers, nine hundred early childhood facilitators and over seven hundred community literacy volunteers.
This project looks at training elementary teachers, and developing new and vibrant methods of teaching elementary students, supporting over nine hundred elementary schools throughout the Autonomous region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands and East Sepik.
Counter-funded by the PNG and Australian governments, yesterday, Australian parliamentary delegates visited one of the elementary schools in Eastern Highlands Province yesterday.
Save the Children works in rural communities, partnering with the Provincial Education boards, church education agencies and other organization to ensure that young children are given quality education.
Importantly, children with special needs are given priority to be educated.
“The really exciting pilot, which, is working with the Inclusive Education Resource centers to use new tools and innovative learning styles to really engage children with all different types of disabilities, said Country director, Jennifer El-Sibai.
She hopes to move this project into other provinces in the country who have expressed their interest. This depends on funding and support from the government and the Education Department.