EU support boosts province’s TVET education centers


By Ian Mathew

The European Union, through its Human Resources Development Program (HRDP), continues to provide support to eastern New Britain and other centers across the country through development projects. educational infrastructure.

The relationship between the EU and Eastern New Britain dates back to 1994, after the twin volcanic eruptions that devastated Rabaul. The EU has since helped the province through various development programs.

Over the years, the province has benefited from the first phase of the HRDP program, which saw various educational institutions such as Gaulim, Kabaleo and Sonoma Teaching Colleges receive support.

Since 2015, date of the birth of the HRDP phase two project, the technical and vocational training centers (TVET) of Raval and Kabaira have been selected by the EU for support.

Last week, the Raval TVET center saw the official commissioning of the buildings by the representative of the EU delegation, the Minister of Education Jimmy Uguro, the Secretary of Education Uke Kombra and the Assistant Secretary for National Planning and Monitoring Michael Kumung.

Phase two of the EU-funded HRDP project has been estimated at K 5.6 million for the two TVET centers.

The infrastructure includes dormitories, administrative buildings, teachers’ house, toilet blocks, workshops, tools and equipment for business skills.

The EU funded dormitories also include people with disabilities for the two TVET centers to facilitate access for people with disabilities.

Governor of Eastern New Britain Nakikus Konga said other support the province has received under phase two of the HRDP program includes;

Upgrading of qualifications for 31 TVET teachers from certificate to diploma on a round-trip basis;

Strengthening policies for the formulation of the ENB strategic plan for TVET;

Leadership and financial management training for three TVET officers, two directors and deputy directors for the Kabaira and Raval TVET centers;

Financial support for 250 student industrial attachments, including tools and equipment for student training

Development of the concept of strategic management plans for the two TVET centers being deployed in all TVET centers in the province.

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