Training gives teachers skills to help pupils get a grip on words


THIRTY-three teachers from 20 elementary schools along the west coast of Namatanai, in New Ireland, attended a three-day training on phonics.
The training also focused on common words outlined in the new standards-based English syllabus for elementary schools.
The workshop was facilitated by Ray O’Farrell and Irene Sawczak, of the schoolbook publishing company Bilum Books.
O’Farrell said the future wealth of Papua New Guinea “lies not in our gardens, not in the ground, not in the ocean (but) in the brains of our young people”.
“If we are to grow and prosper as a nation, our children must first be literate,” he said.
“Literacy is the foundation.
“Literacy gives power.”
O’Farrell thanked Nautilus Minerals for organising the workshop and their donation.
The workshop sessions led by Sawczak demonstrated the six steps needed to teach a sound using Bilum Books phonics.
The mastery of common words improves fluency and enables children to read and write 60 per cent of the words we use in everyday English.
Sawczak complimented the Department of Education on the new standards-based syllabus.
“If teachers are given more training and the right resource books to implement the new syllabus, students will learn to read and write in elementary schools,” she said.
In addition to funding the workshop, Nautilus Minerals also gave nearly K100,000 worth of Bilum Books to officials.


  • I believe in phonix early age training for our children in PNG and I thank Nautilus for supporting and funding this training. It will be a very good start for the children and all effort must be contributed to early age training in phonix. Once they get this right the other grades 2-6, 7-12 is nothing. There is no need for pidgin classes in elementary schools because pidgin is our 2nd language we speak everyday. I fully support to roll-out phonix training for all Elementary Teachers and each Provincial Education Office must fully support in facilitating this training. All business houses must support this training programe and must participate in human development for our children. Do away with tokples and pindgin class – em ol whiteman giamanim umi stap. PNG is a blessed nation and we can rise and lead the other pacific nations for God is with us!

  • Train all Elementary Teachers in New Ireland Province about Early Childhood Education Concept and all the stuff of English Bilum Books reading will become a reality of teaching and learning in school. Get their professional mindset off the elementary teachings and aligned them early childhood education so quality will be achieved in the children’s education. its good new that all elementary schools will phased out.. WHAT ABOUT ALL ELEMENTARY TEACHERS TEACHING in PNG schools?

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