An entry in The Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
EDUCATION is like a seed sowed on the land that can become a valuable asset.
It is a process of someone acquiring valuable insights of something and the processes of gaining knowledge through the five senses.
How well and how much knowledge one acquires depends on the ability of the informant and the receiver.
In the formal context, the informant is the teacher and the receiver is the student.
Formal education is an introduced concept in Papua New Guinea. It is a foreign notion and brings with it information to enrich the learner of the knowledge that lies beyond our traditional understandings.
In order to gain knowledge, it is preferable that one must go to school.
Schools facilitate learning through the use of prescribed materials. They represent a systematic and structured approach to learning.
The content and philosophy disseminated by the teacher to the student is an evolving process. As time passes, content changes to accommodate new knowledge and the demands of an evolving society.
Every grain of information gained from either the teacher or a book is like a seed. The seed can grow well on a fertile land. The fertile land is the intellectual capacity of the human brain.
The teacher through unrelenting and tenacious effort and stamina makes the human brain more fertile.
A well trained brain becomes an exportable commodity. It can be exported anywhere for social and economic development. It can be used to develop one’s own community and nation.
My students esteem Dr Clement Waine, a Simbu man and a scientist, as role model they aspire to emulate. He has a number of scientific patents in the US under his belt.
A nation full of highly educated minds is as good as a nation full of gold.