Teaching qualifications

Everyday People PNG: Noelyn Wati

Losing her father, Noelyn’s oldest son lost hope in her studies, and no matter how much she tried to encourage him to continue her education, she felt that it was better to take a walk than to talk.

Through the Seventh-day Adventist Community Program, Noelyn took short courses and in 2018 volunteered to teach at Bisiatabu Elementary School in Sogeri.

Noelyn said the short courses she took helped her understand the basics of teaching elementary school students and it was a joy to watch them learn and grow, giving her the confidence to develop and grow in this profession.

Her tenacity to improve and grow in this profession led her to receive a scholarship from the Kokoda Initiative to access Flexible, Open and Distance Education (FODE) to earn her high school diplomas.

Forty teachers and health workers through the Kokoda initiative have received support from Australia in the Kokoda Track region to undertake alternative educational pathways like FODE.

While waiting for the start of the PNG 1-6-6 school structure, teachers will need to qualify for formal education, which will allow Noelyn to waste no time in becoming a certified teacher like her siblings.

Noelyn is close to completing her studies at FODE here in Port Moresby, and by 2022 she hopes to be among 17 graduates and eventually secure an official listed teaching position in the national education system.

More than 200 teachers from 19 primary schools and 41 elementary schools in the Kokoda Track area receive support from Australia under the Kokoda initiative.