Our Volunteers: Sandra Power volunteering in Kiribati

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Immaculate Heart High School, Kiribati

Former Palms volunteer Shelley Price with students in Kiribati
The Republic of Kiribati is an island nation located in the central Pacific Ocean. The country’s 33 atolls are scattered over 3,500,000 square kilometres.

The urban centres of the Republic of Kiribati are found in south Tarawa from Betio to Bonriki. Tarawa, like all the other islands, is a coral atoll and the majority of agriculture is made up of coconut trees, pandanus and breadfruit.

A recent study into Education in Kiribati, commissioned by Palms Australia and carried out by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, identified a lack of confidence in English amongst teachers and students as a major reason for poor results and low numbers of tertiary entrants in Kiribati.

The Catholic Education Office of Kiribati has made requests to Palms Australia to provide experienced English teachers to help in mentoring and assisting local teachers in their schools.

Sandra Power

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Sandra will teach English to Form 5 and 6 students of Immaculate Heart High School. She will work closely with local teachers to develop their English and teaching skills.

Sandra has previously worked as a teacher and education officer for TAFE colleges and the Long Bay Gaol, teaching English, English as a Second Language, Communication, Career Education for Women, Job Orientation Skills and Spanish. Palms Australia and Immaculate Heart High School believe Sandra is very well equipped for the task.

Sandra’s placement will not be easy but with the assistance of CommUNITY Partners she can make a long-term sustainable difference for the students and teachers of Kiribati.

New placements for 2007

March 23, 2007

… and some recent returnees

Listed below are five of the confirmed placements for the coming year. We are seeking CommUnity Partners for these and several others which are currently being finalised. Why not choose a placement and host your own fundraising event? We can help, just contact Palms on (02) 9642 0558 or online

Administrator,
Tunaniya Open Learning Centre
Bougainville, PNG
2 years

Tunaniya Open Learning Centre is a new education project run by Sam and Josephine Kauona aimed at encouraging a culture of life-long learning in Bougainville. The centre will offer a variety of short courses for local people in areas such as literacy, health, computing, trades and project management. They requested a skilled administrator and educator from Palms to assist in making this worthwhile project viable.

Solomon Havini, an administration officer from TNQ-TAFE, will work with Sam and Josie to develop programs and administration processes and train participants in IT.
Fundraising target $13,250

Logistics Manager & Field Physiotherapist
Callan National Unit (CNU)
Wewak, PNG
2 years

The Logistics Manager is a new position aimed to assist the Special Education Resource Centre (SERC) in Wewak to strengthen its operational capacity at the time of development and growth. While the job description involves some hands-on management, the over-riding logistic is empowering and enskilling current national employees and employing and training additional national staff as required.

The CNU Field Physiotherapist is needed to make physiotherapy accessible to the area beyond the main town, particularly in rural situations. While hands-on services are important and helpful for rural clients, who have little in terms of quality services, the more significant activity and duty will be the passing on of knowledge and skills in Community Based Rehabilitation at the family, community and rural institutional level so that access and availability to services are maximised.

Gary and Helen Wolhuter will spend two years with Callan National Unit developing skills of staff and local communities in administration and physiotherapy.
Fundraising target $13,250 each

Special Education Teacher & English Teacher
St Joseph’s College
Tabwiroa, Abaiang, Kiribati
1 year

A recent study into education in Kiribati, commissioned by Palms and carried out by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, identified a lack of confidence in English amongst teachers and students as a major reason for poor results and low numbers of tertiary entrants in Kiribati. The students of St Joseph’s college are disadvantaged even by Kiribati standards by their remote location.

By teaching English to the students and mentoring the teachers of Tabwiroa, Maryke and Bernard Dobe will contribute to increased opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged students of the Pacific.
Fundraising target $8,927 each


THANKS TO THOSE RETURNING HOME

As we prepare to send more volunteers this year, we must also acknowledge the good work of those who returned in 2006

Solomon Islands – Patrick Campbell and Hila Sukkar
East Timor – Greg Bourne, Cheree and Michael Flanagan
Kiribati – Jenni Murphy, Sandra Power
Tanzania – Davina Wiltshire, Helena Charlesworth
Papua New Guinea – Frances Scurfield
Uganda – Monica O’Kane
Swaziland – Phillip and Elaine Dicalfas-Hall

Thank you for your commitment to your communities and Palms’ mission.
We hope that you are able to remain involved in our work


Sandra Power’s CommUNITY News no. 1

June 11, 2006

Palms Volunteers, Sandra (front) and Marie (second from left) with I-Kiribati friends

Palms Volunteers, Sandra (front) and Marie (second from left) with I-Kiribati friends Dear all, Taborio is the most beautiful place and I am on an estuary, so I get an ocean breeze which is good, although the classrooms are very hot by lunch time and the heat really saps you so all you want to […]

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Kiribati

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Population: 105,088

Area: 811 sq. km.

Median Age: 20.6

Literacy: 94 %

Languages: I-Kiribati, English

The Republic of Kiribati is an island nation located in the central Pacific Ocean. The country’s 33 atolls are scattered over 3,500,000 square kilometres. The isolation of Kiribati has led to a unique culture, rich in singing and dancing. Family and community are central to this traditional fishing society, but life does not always match […]

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