LIFE – Learning Is For Everyone

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Since the 1960s, St Joseph’s Technical College in Lae has been providing training programmes to develop practical, high-value skills of young people within the Morobe community. Students of varying educational backgrounds, ages and ethnic groups can attend the school  to acquire technical skills that can assist them in securing paid or self employment to make a living.

Teaching mainly woodworking and metalworking skills, this community-funded College was facing a critical shortage of basic tools. The trainees were too often becoming spectators rather than gaining hands-on experience which is essential to this line of training.

Wantok Support and the Knights of St Columba Council 428 in the United Kingdom, jointly purchased more than £1,200 worth of industrial tools through a hardware merchant in Lae. The tools included hammers, wire brushes, engineer’s chalk, combination squares, wrenches, measuring tapes, hacksaws, ARC welders, and welding helmets with flip-up visors.

“We believe that every citizen must possess some skills in order to live in abundance and live life to its fullness”.  Louis Worealevi – St Joseph’s Board Chairman

‘We believe that every citizen must possess some skills in order to live in abundance and live life to its fullness,’ says St Joseph’s Board Chairman Louis Worealevi, who is Catholic Education Secretary for the Diocese of Lae. ‘It is the institution’s intention to prepare its graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to sustain their lives, especially in the rapidly changing society of PNG. You can be sure that the students will fully utilise these tools and make the most of the opportunity.’

Getting it done: hands-on training at St Joseph’s

Getting it done: hands-on training at St Joseph’s

On June 7th, 2013, posted in: Project News by