The Teacher Training program was launched on Wednesday at the Emmaus Conference Center in Boroko and will continue for the next two weeks. Forty-seven teacher-librarians from four regions of the country will participate in the refresher training led by staff at BbP headquarters.
The main sponsors of the training were ExxonMobil and PNG Air. The former financed all training expenses and the latter the travel costs of those who came from outside.
ExxonMobil was represented by Peter Pomeleu to start the training. While the training included 10 teachers from schools supported by the ExxonMobil factory site, EMPNG support covered all participating centers.
“We are supporting the pre-school learning centers in our affected communities outside of the GNL site, but we are also extending our support to other learning centers, especially at 6 Mile,” Pomeleu said.
The training will include a skills upgrade in BbP’s early childhood education curriculum with topics such as classroom management and behavioral strategies, inclusive education and sign language, digital learning, early childhood development, assessment, child protection, library management, phonetics and more.
On behalf of Buk bilong Pikinini, Nelly Wak thanked ExxonMobil for its support since 2011.
“They continue to support us with materials to support our curriculum and they have supported us with our Literacy Week, which we had a successful event. They also supported us with some wonderful videos that we made, ”Ms. Wak said.
BbP teachers received digital training in November last year and are now ready to implement a digital learning program for children in classrooms.
Veronica Peter is a facilitator who rose through the ranks after teaching at 6-Mile Learning Center.
She appreciates the changes that have taken place for the better, especially the inclusion of the digital learning program.
While digital technology is out of her realm, she believes it is a practical way to transfer learning to children, especially during the lockdown restrictions of the COViD-19 pandemic.
Buk bilong Pikinini also supports other libraries of preschool learning centers, which are managed by other partner partners in the country.
The training will also see the distribution of tablets for each of BbP’s LLCs and supported schools to help with the implementation of BbP’s digital learning program.
The tablets will include the BbP learning app, which includes curriculum-based learning games, audiobooks and stories developed especially for PNG children. The tablets will also have BbP’s instructional videos and other great teaching aids.
Since 2011, EMPNG has generously sponsored Buk bilong Pikinini and provided support to Library Learning Centers. It donated over 15,000 books, supported BbP teacher training, provided teaching resources and videos for the arithmetic program, and supported the development of the first PNG application for early childhood learning.
EMPNG is committed to helping the organization grow and continue to build a solid foundation for learning.
BbP CEO Leanne Resson said: “The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adults they will become. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support to realize their potential.
“A child’s experience in his early years has a major impact on his future life chances. A safe, secure and happy childhood is important in itself, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow older.
“It is therefore important that teachers feel supported and this requires the development of quality teachers, training and the provision of quality teaching resources. We are very grateful for the continued support of EMPNG to ensure that we can continue to provide an early childhood education program at the highest level.