The Project

Tulele Peisa and St Dominic’s Grammar School require a volunteer Early Childhood/Primary Teacher for a two-year placement. Tulele Peisa is a NGO based in Carteret Island, established in 2007 to facilitate an ecologically and culturally sustainable relocation and resettlement of the Tulun/Carteret Atoll community, who are facing threats from climate change.

St Dominic’s Grammar School was established in 2015 to provide elementary education for the children of relocated families. “Tulele Peisa” in the Halia language translates to “Sailing the waves on our own”. In the current context, it was adopted by the Carteret Council of Elders and Tulele Peisa to mean “Striving for strength and action through capacity building of our own people”.

Note: Living allowances, accommodation and other expenses are paid to qualified and experienced Australians who share their skills for at least 12 months in a community abroad.

The Location

Bougainville is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Carteret Islands (also known as Carteret Atoll, Tulun or Kilinailau Islands/Atoll) are located 86 km north-east of Bougainville.

The Challenge

  • High illiteracy rates in PNG have a direct impact on people’s ability to take a full and active part in socio-economic development.
  • There is a known disparity between male and female literacy in Bougainville.
  • St Dominic’s Grammar is a new school, with limited educational resources.
  • PNG’s rich cultural and linguistic diversity poses a challenge for teachers.
  • The rural location of Tulele Peisa and St Dominic’s Grammar School means limited access to resources.

There has been a positive improvement in the number of new elementary schools established in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. However, after a 10 year civil war, Bougainville is still recovering and educational institutions are attempting to catch up with current educational pedagogy, especially in early childhood development.  Currently, three of the teachers at St Dominic’s Grammar School are Grade 10 graduates and are taking short courses in early childhood teaching. Having the ongoing support of a professional teacher will be highly beneficial.

About You

Literacy skills can be improved by providing knowledge not just to children, but to their families and teachers.  A qualified,  experienced teacher can provide this support by providing mentoring and building capacity for teachers, while working closely with the school board, parents and students. Improving literacy skills will empower individuals to make sustainable change in their community.

 

How You Will Help

A teacher working over a two year time-frame can help to increase literacy rates within the school.  By working alongside young local teachers, the teacher will assist them to develop the skills and knowledge that will help improve literacy throughout the area.

Apply now to start Term 1, 2019.

Think you have what it takes? Apply now.