The National, Monday November 4th, 2013
THE EQUITV project is an education approach that utilises media programmes such as television, radio and multimedia programmes, which can provide quality teaching and learning despite difficult geographical settings in Papua New Guinea, in order to improve delivery education services.
This mode of education is now making a huge impact and achievement toward teaching and learning in some provinces and schools throughout the country.
The Department of Education and the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) conducted in the West New Britain provincial dissemination plan for EQUITV programme workshop and provincial government awareness at the Kimbe Bay Hotel on Oct 16-17.
Acting provincial education adviser Ken Baur and the division of education staff have developed the plan to implement the EQUITV programme next year, supported by EQUITV project phase 2.
The West New Britain provincial government and the division of education realised the importance of teaching and learning through television and embraced the EQUITV programme after a successful the workshop and provincial government awareness session.
West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel, the deputy governor, provincial administrator and his deputy, including senior public servants and other stakeholders, were present at the meeting and expressed their support for EQUITV.
Muthuvel said that plans to contribute to the growth of education in the province were one of his main objectives.
By accepting the EQUITV programme, problems related to access, expansion, retention, quality of education and effective management could be maximised, he said.
The EQUITV programme is linked to the Government’s and Department of Education’s national policies and plans to achieve Universal Basic Education in PNG.
As part of his undertaking and commitment, Muthuvel committed K1.5 million from his budget toward the dissemination of the programme in West New Britain starting next year.