Wed 15, Aug 2018
Newton Theological College in Papua New Guinea desperately requires funding to help improve living conditions, improve learning and supply site maintenance.
Although there has been a great deal achieved this past year, there is still a long way to go. Bishop Jeffrey Driver, the Acting Principal, reports on the progress made at the college.
“A shipping container arrived carrying materials such as diesel generators and library texts. There is an
improvement in the water supply with the gift of a more powerful water pump, piping, and fitting.
There is a major update in the very dated and depleted library with the gift of about 70 cartons of books. The curriculum is being brought up to date. Students are encouraged to use the library more often.
Still, the enormous challenges remain. There is a need to provide additional support to students and lecturers as they adapt to new courses. Students need help in gaining proficiency in research and essay writing. Support is needed for the complementary program for the women, the students’ wives. In addition to health, and sewing, the college was involved in piloting a new program that seeks to enhance functional literacy and associated life skills”.
Further funding is urgently needed, as the students are struggling with residential support and lecturers struggle on such a meagre allowance. Almost every building is in need of repair making the situation even more serious.
We need your help: please give generously towards the work of Newton Theological College and remember the staff and students in your prayers. There is a lot still to be done.
We all know how important it is to be able to read and write, though many of us in Australia take it for granted. We overlook the smallest of things such as counting out our money when we make a purchase, or the ability to read a doctor’s script.
Our partner church, the Anglican Church of Melanesia – Vanuatu (ACOM-V), is trying its best to respond to this need through its Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Program. ABM partners with ACOM-V to support and provide LLN teachers with materials and training. This year, the program is working with the Luganville Market for Change Association (a group of 2000+ female market vendors in Luganville, from 40 different communities around Santo) where most vendors can’t read or write. This often leaves vendors cheated on at the market by customers due to incorrect payment. ACOM-V hopes to run LLN classes for a group of vendors while they are in town selling their produce, with a plan to eventually train more advanced learners as teachers. This will help to then run classes back in their rural communities.
The success of the LLN program so far is increasing the demand on existing schools and teachers, beyond their capacity. Many more adults are hungry to learn – a need that can only be met with more LLN teachers to start more classes.
The hunger to learn doesn’t end once they’ve graduated from the LLN school either. The growing number of LLN Program graduates are keen to continue learning and put their new knowledge to work. So what is next for them?
There are dreams of establishing 2 new Community Learning Centres (CLCs) where students will learn a range of life-skills which will support them to find employment or start up their own small business. Communities will be encouraged to begin income generating projects so that the benefits flow into the whole community.
With your help, more women will be able count money, fill out forms, feel empowered enough to take up
leadership roles within their communities, and read instructions handed out to them about emergency
evacuations or community events.
Your support of this project will enable the Church to continue nurturing the dreams of our brothers and sisters in Vanuatu. (This project is tax-deductible.)
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