In Papua New Guinea, elementary learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy are below national standards, which is linked to low teaching and teacher literacy standards, poor language competency and lack of resources.
The RISE program aims to improve the quality of early education for children aged four to eight, and providing support for parents is an important component of this.
As part of this, newly developed Information Education and Communication posters and booklets will be distributed in the three PNG provinces RISE operates in; the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands and East Sepik.
Save the Children Pacific Regional Director Jennifer El-Sibai said the resources were designed to encourage positive behaviour from students and their families at home and at school.
“Good nutrition, reading at home and consistent school attendance all work towards children getting a better education,” El-Sibai said.
“These are all things that parents can do at home, so their kids have the best chance to do well at school.”
RISE aims to provide 1,800 elementary teachers and 750 early childhood care and education facilitators with teaching support to improve the literacy and numeracy teaching capacity of 650 elementary schools.
“With the help of parents to get their kids school ready combined with RISE’s teacher training, this program can achieve great outcomes for tens of thousands of Papua New Guinean children,” El-Sibai said.
RISE is funded by the Australian government in partnership with the Government of PNG and is scheduled to run until 2020. The RISE consortium is led by Save the Children in partnership with Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities and Summer Institute of Linguistics.