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EU funded programme to improve TVET centres in PNG

The Department of Education launched a Human Resource Development Programme Phase two, which aimed at improving the lower secondary vocational education centres and ensuring that a skilled labour force meets the needs of the country in development.

This is one of the Department of Education projects funded by the European Union.

Minister for Education , Nick Kuman said the programme intended to achieve new buildings provided to lower secondary vocational education centres so that an increased number of students become qualified through knowledge and skill development.

“It also aims to ensure that quality education is delivered and for the national and provincial levels to cooperate and coordinate to properly manage and to take ownership, he said.

East Sepik, Enga, Eastern Highlands, Morobe, East New Britain and National Capital District (NCD) are the six provinces selected to roll out this programme, including ten technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions have also been selected through technical analysis to benefit from this project.

Minister for Education Hon. Nick Kuman and EU Head of Delegation to PNG His Excellency Loannis Giogkarakis Argyropoulos cutting the ribbon to officially launch Phase II of the Human Resource Development Programme at Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby on April 14.

Minister Kuman said that the demand for education for Papua New Guineans was a challenge but with the support from development partners such as the European Union, PNG can actively participate in the development of the education sector in the country.

Meanwhile, Secretary for the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Ms Hakaua Harry, congratulated the Department of Education and European Union on behalf of the Minister for National Planning, Charles Abel for the progress made so far on the implementation of the project.

“Since joining the European Union in 1977 under various Partnership Agreement, Papua New Guinea has benefited from EU in a great way.

“ Education has and continues to be an important part of EU’s unique interventions and together with its overall portfolio, EU remains an important development partner to Papua New Guinea,” said Secretary Harry.

A total of 26 million Euros (approximately PGK 78 million) was expanded by the European Union in September 2014 to promote the development of PNG human resources through education system improvement with the aim to improve TVET systems for lower secondary level education.

The Government through the Public Investment Program (PIP) budgets has allocated K1 million to support the implementation of the programme.

Secretary Harry challenged the selected provinces to take ownership of the key outcomes as beneficiaries of the project.

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