In 2021, a series of trainings for 827 teachers was held in 28 locations in 6 provinces where the GPE-funded Boosting Education Standards Together (BEST) PNG program is being implemented.
The trainings focused on improving student learning in math and science according to the standards-based curriculum (SBC) manuals for grades 3–5.
Based on the 2015 Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment reports (PILNA), the 6 most disadvantaged provinces with low performance rates were targeted. These were Gulf, Oro, Milne Bay, West New Britain, West Sepik, and Western provinces.
Teacher trainings were held to help improve the standards in these provinces. For example, in 2021, 29 teachers from 32 primary schools in the Biala district of West New Britain, and 31 teachers from 31 schools from Yeleyamba and Louisiade local level government (LLG) in Samarai Murua districts attended the weeklong junior primary math training held in Misima, Milne Bay.
The trainings were facilitated by the National Department of Education in partnership with Save the Children and the Provincial Division of Education in these 2 provinces.
Among the topics covered were blackboard management, lesson planning using the new math textbooks, and child safety. The goal is to move from an orientation towards outcomes to that of processes, and with this in mind, all lessons are child focused.
Lessons learned from the trainings
Two teachers from West New Britain and two from Milne Bay province shared what they had learned and how they think it would benefit their students.