“Promoting Access to Quality Education and Training for All” is the theme for this year’s ENB Education Expo which will be held at the Catholic Diocesan Hall, Vunapope, which started today and up till Thursday 9th of September.
The expo is targeted for all schools in the province including non-school leavers and the general public. The event is hosted by the Education Division under the East New Britain Provincial Administration.
Chairlady of the ENB Education Expo, Ruth Coplen, said that in previous years, the expo was targeted for mainly grade 10’s and 12’s, however, has changed this year because, there was a need to educate the general public as a whole.
Coplen said that the expo brings together all institutions in the province to showcase and provide what they have to offer including the performance of practicals. These institutions include Teachers colleges and Business Colleges.
“There are two aims behind this expo, firstly to bring all established institutions in the province together to showcase what they are made of and secondly for those institutions to educate the students and the general public as well.”
Coplen said that the administration wanted to change the whole mindset of the students by getting them to realize what the province already has to offer and this will help educate them through these institutions.
“As for the grade 12 students, this expo is targeted mainly for them as well so they don’t have to look far when applying to other tertiary institutions elsewhere, but instead can apply within the province.”
“Apart from the institutions attending the expo, Department of Higher Education, Research and Technology plus a number of organizations will also be present to showcase what they have.
These organizations include all the Banks in PNG, Cocoa Board, the University of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as Church organizations.”
Coplen encouraged all students and the general public who attend the expo to utilize the exchange of knowledge and information as a way of enhancing their learning and to make rightful decisions at an early age.