THE first teachers college in Milne Bay and the Southern region is to become a reality following the groundbreaking ceremony at the site at Hagita, outside Alotau, yesterday.
Governor Titus Philemon and National Planning Minister and Alotau MP Charles Abel officiated to to signal the start of construction of the college.
The college will be developed jointly by the Milne Bay provincial government and the Catholic Diocese of Alotau and Sideia. When operational, it will be run and managed by the Catholic Church.
It will be called the St Mary’s Teachers College of Milne Bay.
Speaking at the event, Philemon said it marked a major milestone in the history of the province.
He said after just seven months of talking and planning, the groundbreaking ceremony signalled the start of construction of the newest teachers college in the country.
He then presented K130,000 to the Catholic Church for the ground works.
The provincial government, through the Provincial Services Improvement Programme (PSIP), allocated K1 million this year for the start of the project.
The national government and donor agencies are expected to provide funding to complete the college.
It begin its first intake in early 2016.
Philemon said the teachers college was the pace setter for the Government’s Church-Government Partnership programme.
Abel commended the partnership between the church and government and that the Government was fully supporting the development of the college.
Acting Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of Alotau/Sideia, Fr Abel Tuilik thanked Philemon and Abel for their trust in the Catholic Church.
He said the church was committed to the relationship they had.
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