EU gives K40m for training

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The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013

 THE European Union has allocated K40 million for the training of primary school teachers in rural areas, an official says. 

European Union ambassador Martin Dihm revealed this during a visit to the Institute of Business Studies, in Port Moresby on Monday. 

The visit coincided with a visit to Papua New Guinea by EU foreign affairs director for East Asia and the Pacific, Dr Gerhard Sabathil. 

Dihm said the training of teachers in rural areas was important because the majority of the population lived in rural areas. He said the EU was supporting the Bomana Teachers College in providing scholarships to teachers interested in working in rural areas. 

He said more than 100 applicants were taken in this year and the union expected more next year.

He said Sabathil’s visit to IBS was to expose him to the reality and issues in the country and  to strengthen their bilateral relationship with PNG. Their visit was to educate IBS students on the functions of the EU in PNG as well.