Technical school to use UN concept in curriculum


A TECHNICAL school in Eastern Highlands is partnering with the United Nations to offer financial education concepts as part of its vocational curriculum.
Kamaliki Technical Vocational Training Institute chairman Thomas Omero said the partnership was formalised on Friday with the United Nations Capital Development Fund through its Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme.
“By introducing financial education in our trade courses, we are bringing the real world into our classrooms and providing our students with practical learning that will benefit not only themselves but their families into the future,” he said.
The partnership is funded by the European Union and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Financial Education specialist Abigail Chang said the pilot initiative aimed to address the low level of financial competency among the next generation of adults in the region. This was shown in the findings of a 2013 Financial Competency Survey of low-income households in PNG.
Kamaliki Technical Vocational Training Institute is managed by the Eastern Highlands provincial government.
It is the largest technical vocational training institution in the Highlands provinces, taking in more than 1000 students annually, 25 per cent of whom are females.
It offers courses in building, welding, electrical and electronics, tourism, hospitality, business and motor vehicle repairs and services.

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