More children and adults in two provinces stand to benefit from a unique partnership that brings library books right down to the grassroots level to improve literacy in some of the most challenging areas in the country.
Teachers from Tari recently completed a training course aimed at providing them with necessary skills to teach adolescents and young adults about sex and sexuality as part of their Personal Development (PD) curriculum.
The Oil Search Foundation and Buk bilong Pikinini announced the establishment of a new library and Early Childhood Development and Literacy program at Kuluanda Primary School at Kopari Catholic Mission in Tari, Hela Province. This will be the first such program for the Province with plans to expand to other areas in the near future.
At a recent meeting in Port Moresby I was perplexed to hear that many of the first line service providers that help women escaping violence have no first aid training. This group is made up of Human Rights Defenders, Safe Houses, Police and Ward level representatives as well as members of the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC).
The Oil Search Health Foundation Public Health Unit (PHU) Malaria programme recently organised a four day TB training in Nipa-Kutubu district of the Southern Highlands. The TB training occurred in November 2014, and was facilitated by World Vision in partnership with the National Department of Health (NDoH).
The Oil Search Health Foundation conducted a five day training session for Personal Development teachers on Sexual & Reproductive Health at the end of February 2014. The training was conducted at the Salvation Army in Lae, Morobe Province. A total of eight Personal Development Teachers from Gabmazung, St Paul’s, Markham Road and St Mary’s Primary Schools attended the training.
As Milne Bay is a maritime province, students often have to travel for hours at sea to reach the health facilities where they are based between 1-14 weeks at a time. The OSHF promotes occupational health and safety and has donated life jackets for the students to use when travelling at sea. A key operational focus area of the OSHF is to always ensure that the people are properly trained in using safety equipment as well as making sure they use it.
In early February 2014 the HIV Program team in Lae commenced a series of Tokaut na Tokstret (TnT) marital relationship trainings in Zifasing, Morobe Province. Zifasing is located 2 hours’ drive out of Lae city along the Highlands highway. The Zifasing community has hamlets scattered along the Markham valley with more than 2,000 people.
The Oil Search Health Foundation continues to support community work in Morobe Province by conducting Marital Relationship Trainings known as “Tokaut na Tokstret!” (Talk Out and Talk Straight). These training sessions, also known as TnT, have been developed by Populations Services International (PSI) and cover topics that are considered taboo in most PNG cultures, such as sex and sexuality.