Charity project gift great thrill for PNG children
CHILDREN in Papua New Guinea are enjoying the benefits from a portable school delivered by Altius Education teacher Kate Gordon.
She ventured over to PNG with a dedicated group of educators to a remote community to hand over what is known as a “School-in-a-Box” earilier this year.
The box is filled with books, laptops, solar panels, a tent and cabinets, and she helped bring it to the teacher training facility Kokoda College at Kou Kou village.
“We put in long days at Kou Kou but were inspired by the enthusiasm of the student teachers, and their excitement as they explored their first School-in-a-Box and saw the potential for teaching and learning,” Ms Gordon said.
“It was a great privilege to be involved in such an innovative project and immensely rewarding to work with the student teachers.”
School-in-a-Box is an initiative backed by the not-for-profit group Sustain Education Art Melanesia (SEAM).
Ms Gordon, who is passionate about her teaching at Altius Education, hosted literacy workshops with student teachers and children at the school. She also travelled to the Tufi fjord region and worked with students at Tainabuna Village School.
“The community leaders do not want their children left behind when it comes to learning and technology,” Ms Gordon said.
The school will receive a School-in-a-Box later this year.
Ms Gordon was joined on the journey to PNG by SEAM founder Drusilla Modjeska and renowned Australian author Maggie Mackellar.
We are delighted that Ms Gordon is currently integrating some of her experiences into her classes at Altius Eduation. This is really helping our students to develop their sense of global identity and give them a broader perspective in their education.