While access to basic education has improved significantly, it still remains below acceptable levels.The quality of education has become a concern as the school population has increased and the system has struggled to adequately plan for, fund and administer those increases. There is considerable pressure in areas such as infrastructure and teacher numbers, teacher training, materials development and distribution, and the capacity at all levels to monitor and administer the education system.

Some of the key challenges are:

  • Over 500,000 children aged 6-12 do not go to school.
  • It’s estimated half the adult population cannot read or write.
  • More boys than girls go to school and complete basic education.
  • More classrooms are needed.
  • Teachers need more training.
  • Management and financing from a national to school level needs strengthening

Papua New Guinea’s future success depends on the quality of its human resources. Vision 2050 is aimed at producing citizens who are healthy and intellectually astute, and have high ethical and moral character and attitudes. Papua New Guinean citizens must be developed and empowered to take ownership of their own livelihoods where excellence and innovation must be recognised and rewarded.

Wantok Support seeks to work in partnership with government organisations (including health and education), charities, church run organisations, and industries to meet some of the goals set out in the National Education Plan (NEP) 2005 – 2014 or the Medium Term Development Plans (MTDP) 2011 – 2015.

At present the Trustees and members of Wantok Support are researching and liaising with individuals and organisations in Papua New Guinea to identify priority educational projects which the charity can help support. To find out more, please contact us here.