A NEW double-storey classroom worth K1.5 million will be built at the Busu Secondary School in Lae, Morobe, thanks to Digicel Foundation.
Foundation chief executive officer Serena Sasingian said the investment was from Digicel PNG through the Digicel Foundation which aimed to support quality education.
“It is globally recognised that investing in quality education has brought economic and social benefits and it is the foundation for socio-economic development in any nation,” she said.
Diane aims to help others
LINKING both modern and traditional lifestyles and seeing them work in harmony to positively impact societies is the reason driving Diane Hirima to pursue further studies.
Diane, 30, from Sohe’s Mumuni village in Northern, recently graduated with first class Bachelor of Arts with Honors in political science at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).
She is the eldest in a family of two. Her younger brother Terence is 23. She works as a debt recovery officer with the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC).
She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree at UPNG, attained in 2017.
Diane was raised by her mother Doreen, who works at Gateway Hotel.
She was also supported by her uncle Benjamin Tanewan who is a senior provincial magistrate in West New Britain, and his wife Daisy.
She attended Holy Rosary Primary School at 6-Mile before going onto Marianville Catholic Secondary School.
It is a Universal slogan; “When you educate a woman, you educate a family.” Shirley Kikitou, a second-year Bachelor in Accounting and Finance student and a first-time recipient of the ‘Founder’s Scholarship’, describes this opportunity as a blessing in her life. We look at her story.
24-year-old, miss Kikitou comes from a family of six whose mother is an elementary school teacher and her father a subsistence farmer. Like many other young Papua New Guinean women in that situation, life was a real hustle. Shirley hails from Buin in South Bougainville, where copra and cocoa are the primary sources of income for the people.
The joint incomes from teaching and farming could only cater for the basics. Like most rural cultures, the family unit works together to contribute to basic necessities. They had to work for their own pocket money and at times also needed to sacrifice these towards their school fees. Sometimes, they would also help their relatives so they can support them when they needed extra money. “Cash is hard to earn but easy to spend, so we use it wisely”, she said.
GROWING up amidst tribal fights, family breakups and a subsistence life, Noel Peya never saw himself becoming a university graduate.
“If we are born poor, that is not our fault,” Peya said.
“But if we die poor, that is our fault.
“I just love these words,” he said after receiving his scroll at the University of Technology’s 53rd graduation.
Peya, 24, from Enga, was born into a simple family where his parents sold kaukau for a living.
He is the last of five children and as any last born, he was his mother’s favourite child.
Education Talk by Jeffrey Nehi
First of all, Congratulations to our recent graduates from tertiary institutions across PNG.
BEFORE YOU START ON YOUR JOB HUNTING JOURNEY, I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU MY EXPERIENCE…
I faced many struggles after graduating and started seeking employment. After graduating from UPNG in 2010, I had higher expectations that yes I did it. Next is to secure a job and make my parents proud after all that they had done investing in my education.
UNFORTUNATELY – it did not turn out that way.
It was quite a challenging and painful experience for me to have an extended resume with years of experience, which was what most employers were looking for which I simply did not have. Even in some of the jobs I applied for and got interviewed for, I felt that I was more than qualified and fit for the job but yet employers overlooked that.
By Betani Ruhup
From a Cleaner to a Mine worker to a Security Guard, then to a Secondary School Teacher. Finally, to a Second Degree Holder from the University of Papua New Guinea.
I did my grade seven at Aitape High School in 1993 after grade six at Divanapmin Primary School. Due to malaria attack I transferred to Telefomin High School and continued 7-8.
However, due to some problems, I further transferred down to Tabubil High School and completed 9-10. After the grade 10 examination, I was not accepted to any institutions meaning I failed the exams.
Teacher Serving in Remotest Part of East Sepik Province
My name is Fox Kipu & I am from Ialibu-Pangia District in Southern Highlands Province. As a Primary School Teacher, I want to share my experiences & challenges that I have encountered & continue to encounter in every single day while serving in one of the Primary School for six years & the school is located in one of the remotest part of East Spik Province.
In 2013, after graduating from Balob Teachers College in Morobe Province, I first came & taught at Kero Primary School in Imbonggu District, Southern Highlands Province for 3 years.
In the beginning of 2017, I got a call from one of my senior brother who had been teaching in East Sepik Province for some years.
From a failure to Australia to Security Guard to Engineer: My Name is Ron and this is My Story
I am Ron Makip from the SHP. I have a story to tell, a struggled of my education life . But it is very long story.
I applied in Unitech, Mining Engineering and wasn't accepted got D in Physics. Just like any other kids I got shattered and devastated. My own family rejected me even those around see me as a failure and wasn't good enough. As a faithful Christian, youth leader and member of Kundiawa Grace Baptist Church, I asked God why me? I question God and its coexistence. I am your child and why failed me.But little thought that came ,son I know the future I have for you ,i know why failed you . That thought also strengthened me on a Sunday sermon about Jeremiah in the old testament. I know the plan I have for you before you were conceived. Rev. Umba Mawi (Pastor).
I made up my mind and decided to teach at Kundiawa Christian Academy and at the same time I upgraded my two other subjects.
By Petrus GAND
Being taught by professors and doctors at universities is not a coincidence but it is usually the typical way of the education-curriculum system where students are trained to meet the standard criterion in order to obtain a bachelor, a masters or a PhD degree. And it has remained for centuries in the oldest civilisations of the world.
The state is the leading facilitator of human-integral development so it must ensure PNG has the most standardized education system, which will positively impact our nation’s growth.
Prior to contemporary societies, the responsible academic educators were eligible by merit. They have undergone the system and passed the standards already. Therefore, they have the capability to analyse any situation in many dimensions.
Judith LAPILA PAULS took her Oath on the 06th of January 1989 to serve the RPNGC in protecting life and property for the citizens of PNG. After serving the Constabulary for nearly ten years, she joined Prosecution Division in 1998.
Constable Pauls established herself as a successful Prosecutor within NCD and was recognised for her contributions with her promotion to senior prosecutor, and from First Constable to Senior Constable. She also undertook a diploma course at UPNG in 2007, and with further studies attained a Bachelor of Law degree in 2016.
PNG Education Talk : Inspirations & Issues
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