Overall since independence, the enrolment rate in education has increased but Papua New Guineans continue to face challenges in completing higher education. As the country implements reforms to achieve universal education, students in rural areas are at particular risk of not completing schooling. In 2017, the average years of schooling received by people over 25 years old was 3.9. The literacy rate of 15 – 25-year-olds was 64%.
Tertiary education institutions are limited in PNG, and are rarely accessible by remote communities. Good Shepherd Seminary in Banz is a high quality tertiary education facility offering three-year degree programs to students of the Highlands from towns such as Madang, Lae, Wewak and Aitape. In 2019, the Seminary saw enrolments increase from 57 to 70 students. In response to this, the Seminary identified a need for lecturers to join the staff in both teaching and administrative support.
How We’re Helping
In January 2018 Palms recruited Charles Dufour to work with their Faculty of Philosophy to teach first year philosophy subjects. Their intention is to provide students with a grounded education in diverse philosophical foundations from both traditional and modern thinkers. Being taught in English, students will be able to develop greater English language skills, both written and spoken.
This subject forms parts of GSS’s Advanced Diploma course. By obtaining the Advanced Diploma, with subjects being completed in English, the students will have greater opportunities to enter further tertiary education institutions and diverse career prospects.
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Is the Project Sustainable?
Good Shepherd Seminary intends for this position to be localised within 3 years of the commencement of this volunteer placement. Contracting a local lecturer will ensure the philosophy module is available to students into the future.
The assistance of a qualified philosophy lecturer contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Good Quality Education.
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