2020 was a challenging year for both educators and students in Papua New Guinea. Even before the pandemic, Papua New Guinea’s education sector faced many challenges. Development partners such as UNICEF have worked over the years with the government to overcome these challenges, which will require greater investments to improve education outcomes.
Papua New Guinea’s geography, its socio-economic fabric and weak capacities add to the complexity. Approximately 80% of the population live in rural and remote areas and many rely on subsistence agriculture. Social protection mechanisms are few and most assistance is delivered through family and community networks.
Rates of gender, family and sexual violence are amongst the highest in the world, while the health system has been assessed by WHO as among 10 worst in the world.