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Prioritizing Basic Education and Global Competence: Papua New Guinea

Education Week – Heather Singmaster

“What I found is a country that, yes, is very poor and facing what may seem to be overwhelming challenges. But, despite these, Papua New Guinea is taking positive steps to address them, including a budget that is focused on the pillars of health, education, infrastructure development, and increased funding direct to the provinces…Despite facing the huge challenge of providing education for all students, they are prioritizing an education infused with global competence…The curriculum will prepare students who are more flexible for a changing world…. (its) principles are based on significant cultural, social, and educational values and beliefs such as: (i) bilingual education: education in vernaculars and English; (ii) citizenship: roles, rights, and responsibilities in society; (iii) law and order: good governance; and (iv) lifelong learning: applied learning…As Papua New Guinea demonstrates, global competence is relevant to developing and developed countries alike.”(more)

Focusing on Reading in Papua New Guinea

Global Partnership for Education – Jeff Ramin

“Papua New Guinea is making great strides in improving how students are being taught to read….The Pacific Island nation of 7.3 million people joined the GPE in 2010, with an ambitious Universal Basic Education Plan designed to ensure that “all children of school age must enroll in school, complete nine years of basic education and should have learnt skills, knowledge, and values covered in the basic education curriculum”…The 2011 PNG Read program, funded by the GPE grant and implemented by the Papua New Guinea Department of Education with the support of the World Bank, is an innovative program founded on the principle that reading is the fundamental skill all children must acquire to promote learning. The program promotes better teaching and learning of reading skills in elementary and primary education.”(more)