PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools

Image for PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools
  • AEF

The PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative aims to strengthen relationships between Papua New Guinean (PNG) and Australian secondary schools. This initiative deepened people-to-people links and build secondary education capabilities in STEM, English, and student agency. The pilot initiative saw 12 high-performing secondary schools in Papua New Guinea and 12 secondary schools in Australia engage in reciprocal immersion experiences in PNG and Australia from 2019 to 2020. With investing even more in women’s and girls’ leadership and innovation, the initiative would deepen partnerships by developing intercultural skills and personal connections among counterparts.

Key achievements so far:

2,400+ students reached across 24 schools in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Investment in female leadership 98% of PNG participants have greater STEM knowledge and 93% apply new skills.
88% have improved their understanding of and use of technology.
Improved COVID-19 awareness through shared activities across school communities.

In 2020, participants stepped up the challenge of COVID-19 with a number of innovative Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Wellbeing (WaSH-W) activities. Collaborating remotely, PNG and Australian students have created Tokstori bilong COVID-19, and Stories of COVID-19 to promote health awareness. This and other WaSH-W work have complemented broader school and community responses to COVID-19.

PNG and Australian educators are sharing skills and knowledge through Leading Learning capacity-building activities. These online workshops have seen over 100 PNG educators in 12 provinces work together on leadership, student welfare, digital literacy, and WaSH-W. Leading Learning has been developed in partnership with PNG’s National Department of Education.