Volunteer teacher appeals for support

She is one of eight teachers who sacrifice their time to teach children from the surrounding areas of Voco Point, Chinatown, Bumbu and Butibam Village.

She is urging the Ahi LLG president and Lae district leaders to assist them with teaching and learning materials.

“Not on the payroll but we teach as volunteer teachers,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard; we come to work hungry but we still come to school to teach the children so they can have a better future.

“Right now we don’t have teaching materials; we make do with whatever is there.

Going beyond the classroom

Rachel Koralyo, a teacher aide with a science degree and no teaching experience, found herself providing voluntary after-school lessons to students who approached her.

She wanted to help students who were eager to learn and improve their performance in school.

Koralyo applied for an Australia Awards PNG scholarship to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

Everyday People: Paulon Podomo

I am 27-years-old, from Marofen village in North Fly District of Western Province.

I graduated with a Diploma in Primary Teaching in 2019 from Sacred Heart Teachers College with support from Australia Awards In-PNG Scholarships.

I am a proud alumnus and ambassador.

“Welcome home. Welcome to Biangabip. Welcome to St. Monica Primary School!”

This was the welcome I received from parents and happy children when I arrived at St. Monica Primary School, located in the mountains of Western Province bordering Sandaun and Southern Highlands provinces.

Everyday People: Andrew Pokana

Mr. Pokana started teaching in 2020, straight after he graduated with a Diploma in Primary Education at Balob Teachers College in 2019. Before he was selected to Balob, he completed secondary education at Kwikila Secondary School in 2016. 

“I chose the path that I'm currently taking now because I wanted to give back to my community, district, province and the country as a whole. Giving back in a way of molding this young generation at the Primary School level to become good citizens of our country.  And with my dad being a teacher, motivated me to do so,” he said. 

Everyday People: Patricia Martin

I grew up in Port Moresby and have been a teacher for over 20 years in the English & Literature Department at Port Moresby International School (POMIS).
I attended Gerehu Community School in 1978 then continued to Gerehu High School. 
At the end of Grade 10, I proceeded to Sogeri National High School to do my Grade 11 and 12. After year 12, I got selected to attend UPNG in the Education Faculty, majoring in English / Literature and minoring in History.

Genevieve Roberts: Former Beauty Queen Turned Lawyer

Genevieve Roberts was crowned Miss PNG in 2006 at the age of 23. She was a teacher at Goroka Grammar School then. She comes from a mix parentage of Milne Bay and Bougainville.  As a young girl, it was always her dream to become a lawyer. Genevieve took the long way around. Her journey to reach her goal started with a flight to the University of Goroka to undergo a teaching degree.

In 2006, Genevieve graduated from UOG with a Bachelor of Education. After working for 10 years, she enrolled at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in 2016 to commence Law studies.

Empower Youths Through Sports: Teacher

School teacher, Justin Mageru, was team manager for Sewiri Seeds, who took part in the first leg of the Satellite Rugby Union 7s tournament.

He was managing the team because he supported the idea of empowering the youth of South Fly District, Western Province.

Mageru said one too many times, he had seen youths being ignored or left out of active participation in the development of the district and province, and hopes that sports can change that.

Everyday People: Mark Petelo

After graduating from Gaulim at the end of 1979, the list of ENB Schools that he taught in are, Tudungan 1980, Rabagi 1981 to 1987, Tamanairik 1988, Nangananga 1989, Tavui 1990 to 1997, Vudal 1998 to 2001, Waterhouse 2002, Kabagap 2003 to 2005 and Kalamanagunan 2006 to 2020.

Mr Petelo was tasked to set up what is now known as Rabagi Primary School as a one-man teacher school in 1981 in only his second year of teaching.

Everyday People: Kwara Kwara

I have been a teacher for 27 years during my career my wife supported me.

My am from Hula in Central Province. My name is actually Kwara Kune and it refers to the first arrival of the London Missionary Society (LMS) church in our area. I am 49 years old and I have a big family. I started with having three boys that came first but I felt I had to balance it out so my wife had three girls, making it six children. My wife and I are from the same area.

New PMV guidelines affecting children: Teacher

An elementary school teacher in Lae stressed on the need for inclusive planning.

The second in charge at the United Church-run Emmanuel Elementary School would like to have all her students in class by 8am, but she is fully aware of the limitations placed on public transportation.

Assistant head teacher, Beverly Dago, voiced her concern on the strain placed on parents, seeing that as per the national emergency orders, passenger numbers are limited to 5 less than the vehicle's licensed capacity and as a result, bus fares have been increased.