By Elaine Vaina
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| November 12, 2015
Teachers in New Ireland province will now be able to teach students in primary and secondary schools the importance of mangroves and climate change.
This followed the endorsement of the distribution of two teachers’ resource handbooks and a student mangrove study guide by the provincial education board in October.
The handbooks titled ‘Climate Change Adaptation Teachers Resource Book’, ‘First Edition of Introduction to Mangroves: A teaching Resource for Lower Primary’ and ‘Mangrove Field Study Booklet’ were produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local partner NGO Research and Conservation Foundation PNG (RCF).
Production and distribution of these materials was made possible through funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
WCS Director, Dr Richard Cuthbert acknowledged the support from DFAT and the New Ireland Education sector for the delivery of resource handbooks.
“Education is at the forefront of every parent’s mind and environmental education is an essential part of WCS’s work in PNG. We are greatful to the Australian Government and New Ireland Provincial Education Division for their support in funding and approving these important materials on climate change and mangroves for school children in New Irelands,” said Dr Cuthbert.
Chief Executive officer of the Education sector in New Ireland, Bau Wallace made the endorsement during the provincial education board meeting on 14th October, 2015.
WCS New Ireland has since distributed the handbooks to schools in Kavieng, schools along the main Buluminski highway and the Namatanai district.
A total of 26 schools in these areas were visited and the books distributed to their teachers.
Head teacher of Ngavalus primary school along the Buluminski highway, Mrs Elsie Rakum upon receiving the handbooks said that science teachers will greatly benefit from the resource materials.
Mrs Rakum said the handbooks would enhance teachers’ knowledge and help them plan lessons to teach their students.
Each school received three handbooks each. The MARSH funded students Mangrove Study Field Booklet included to compliment the Teachers Mangrove resource booklet.