More than 800 teachers in West New Britain have taken part in professional development and are better able to support their students to improve their reading and writing.
Kapore Elementary in Talasea District is one of 353 schools in the province participating in the Pikinini Kisim Save (PKS) project.
The project is supported through the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership and delivered by CARE International and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Among those trained was Kapore Elementary head teacher Philomina who said there have been great changes in student learning since the trainings were delivered.
“Our preparatory classes can read and identify words through sounding,” she said.
“Teachers use different teaching strategies to teach their students reading and writing, and students are now more confident to sound out and blend words to form sentences.
“Such a result in students learning is the outcome of teachers using their scripted lessons and applying literacy teaching strategies.”
The PKS project strengthens teacher skills and encourages community leaders, education stakeholders and service providers to promote quality early grade education.
It includes professional development for teachers, teaching and learning resources for schools, school leadership training and adult literacy programs.
“The training was beneficial to the teachers and to the students,” Philomina continued.
“We have improved our ways of setting up our classrooms for teaching and learning and using our Standards Based Curriculum (SBC) daily lessons and programs.”
Since 2019, more than 5,200 teachers have received training through the PKS project, benefitting more than 82,000 children across in targeted provinces.