More than 350 primary school teachers are now equipped to bring the transformative benefits of a standards-based curriculum to Panguna and Kieta District classrooms in central Bougainville.

Bougainville Copper Limited was delighted to support the ABG’s Department of Education in providing a week of intensive training for 380 teachers at Tupukas, Arawa and St Therese Sipatako primary schools.

The company contributed K80,000 as part of its broader community investment program which was conducted earlier this month. BCL Chairman Sir Mel Togolo said the move to standards-based training was about putting in place the best possible structures to support the learning and development of our children.

“The training is essential to building the necessary capacity among our teachers to bring to life standards-based education in their classrooms. This type of curriculum is based on best international practice for enhancing outcomes not only literacy and numeracy, but learning overall,” he said.

The training was designed to give teachers the necessary confidence to take ownership of the new curriculum and to adapt their teaching methods to assist their students to advance in their learning and meet the required standards of proficiency.

The Deputy Secretary of the ABG’s Department of Education Mary Tuara Remi sincerely thanked BCL for providing funding to support the one-week training program in Central Bougainville. “The sponsorship helped us to deliver training that has been a success by providing teachers with the necessary skills to implement the standards-based curriculum at junior primary level,” she said.

Ms Remi said the Department of Education was hopeful that the success of the training would pave way for further partnerships with BCL in the provision of other education programs.

Bougainville Copper has a proud tradition of supporting education and training opportunities for Bougainvilleans. Through the Bougainville Copper Foundation for example, BCL has provided scholarships for more than 1,300 students since 1997.

Media Contact: Eric Tapakau +675 7092 1556.


Photo captions:

  1. Staff and students from St Therese Sipatako Primary School.
  2. Teachers from St Therese Sipatako Primary School.