FOUR primary schools in North Fly District have become the first schools in Western Province to trial the Enhancing Quality in Teaching through TV (EQUITV) Program.
Education and health have always been high on Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s agenda and under EQUITV it will disseminate educational programs provided by the Department of Education, through its National Education Media Centre to selected pilot schools in the North Fly District.
OTML’s general manager for employee and external relations, Musje Werror officially launched the EQUITV Pilot Program at Tabubil Primary School last Wednesday.
Tabubil Primary, Ningerum Primary, Finalbin Primary and Migalsim Primary are the schools selected to trial the EQUITV program.
Each school received a DVD player, a 32-inch flat screen TV plus copies of CDs containing Grades 6, 7 and 8 subject lessons.
Tabubil Primary School Head Teacher Kila Na’awi was pleased with OTML’s assistance saying the EQUITV programmes will help students better understand the subjects.
“As a head teacher I have been longing to see something like this happen in this school and I want to say (to the) students, learning by teachers will only come once, learning through the TV will be repeated over and over until you understand what you want to understand.”
Mr Werror encouraged students from the four schools to look after the items and learn as much as possible from them.
“Ok Tedi mine has been operating since 1981 and we have generated over K26 billion to the economy of PNG and the Western Province in taxes, duties, royalties, compensation, employment, training and development, donations and other support,” he said.
“Unfortunately the wealth is not translating to tangible benefits on the ground. The standard of health and education in the province is among the lowest when compared to other provinces despite the financial contribution from Ok Tedi.
“It is therefore important that, while Ok Tedi is still operating, we maximise the wealth and use the funds wisely to improve the education, health and infrastructure in the province,” Mr Werror said.
Provincial education advisor Netsy Baerey told the students that the EQUITV program is an important part of education development in Western province because this came in line with their current focus on centralising schools in the province.
Also present at the launch were OTML’s Advisor for Education Resources, Eric Kuman, who was responsible for facilitating the roll out of the EQUITV pilot project, Felix Giveng- Standard Officer of the North Fly Education Office, Gereon Yousim- Head Teacher Finalbin Primary School, Bill Jacob- Head Teacher Migalsim Primary School and senior managers of OTML’s Employee and External Relations Unit.
Photo: Tabubil Primary Grade 8 ‘B’ students standing behind the one of the four TV screens and showing off the DVD players donated by OTML during the launching of the EQUITV Pilot program at the school on Wednesday. Standing with the students are head teachers from the four primary schools, Provincial Education Adviser Netsy Baerey (far back, second from right) and OTML General Manager Employee and External Relations Musje Werror (fourth from left.)