News

Introducing digital training

Buk bilong Pikinini Launches Digital Teacher Training with Deloitte.

 

Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) and Deloitte Managing Partner Benjamin Lee launched a Digital Teacher Training program and website during in December 2020.

 

42 Teacher-librarians from BbP’s Library Learning Centres across the country travelled to Port Moresby to attend a week-long Digital Training program from the 14-18th of December 2020.

 

The digital training program and associated website has been developed in partnership with Deloitte and Deloitte Digital and is valued at more than $100,000. The website will ensure that the teachers can access the new website to continue their training on a needs-basis and will be open for everyone to access. Here is a link to the site: https://bbpdigitallearning.org/

 

All BbP’s Library Learning Centres will see the implementation of a new Digital Learning Program in 2021 for the enrolled 5-year-old children. BbP’s teacher training program will ensure that the teachers are confident in their digital and online skills and ready to deliver the program.

 

The Digital training program includes basic computer and tablet training, how to create and print documents, research on the internet, online safety, using digital learning in the classroom and much more.

 

Many teachers in PNG have still not had the opportunity to use computers and tablets as part of their teaching and will greatly benefit from this comprehensive program and will enable children to enter the digital world.

 

The launch of an early childhood development App based on BbP’s curriculum will also take place during the training. The BbP Early Learning App will be an additional and fun opportunity for the children to become literate and increase their technology skills at the same time.

 

Benjamin Lee, Managing Partner Deloitte PNG said: “Deloitte has a longstanding relationship with Buk bilong Pikinini that has benefited both of our organisations but, most importantly, so many PNG children for whom the best possible education is so important.

A digital platform that takes advantage of new technologies can clearly facilitate new ways of both teaching and learning across the board. The focus has been on traditional literacy, but digital literacy, which is key to many employment opportunities, is also now more accessible than ever.

We look forward to seeing this initiative into implementation and give children an even better opportunity to learn and reach their potential.”

 

 

Pete Williams, Deloitte Digital said: “With the explosive growth of mobiles and recent investment in digital infrastructure in Papua New Guinea we believe that building the digital capabilities of teachers and students will create a new era in education. Digital education content and books that are freely available on the internet can be made accessible to schools across the country. It is crucial that teachers and students understand how to take advantage of the opportunity. Expanding our existing partnership with Buk Bilong Pikinini will make this a reality and scale the fantastic work they are already doing. The Deloitte Digital team have put their hearts and souls into building the website and are really excited to be part of this collaboration.”

 

David Valentine, Nuinet said: “A quality education is enhanced and enabled through digital literacy. We can't wait to work closely with BbP on this journey to digitally enable their teachers and team members. We are proud to be partnering with them, helping them in a small way with the amazing work they do."

 

BbP’s Early Childhood Development program seeks to provide children access to comprehensive teaching of literacy, numeracy, pre-STEM and problem solving as well as a well-stocked library of books. The upcoming digital learning program will merge digital and traditional learning and will include app-based learning games and also utilizing digitized curriculum content and books.

 

 

Leanne Resson, Buk bilong Pikinini, Exceutive Officer said: “We have been fortunate to have books and teaching and learning resources over the last 12 years in order to establish a solid foundation for the children who attend our library learning centres. We now acknowledge and appreciate the need to merge traditional and digital learning. This training will enhance community educators’ skills in digital learning. We are grateful to all our partners who have supported us in making this happen”.

 

 

Anne-Sophie Hermann, Buk bilong Pikinini Founder & Chairperson said: “We are so thrilled to be able to introduce such a comprehensive digital training program to our teachers, which is guaranteed to have a wide-ranging impact on both their abilities and the children they will be teaching. We will be looking forward to training many more teachers over the next couple of years to ensure they can fully take advantage of what technology and digital learning can offer and pass this knowledge on to the next generation. We have greatly enjoyed working with Deloitte and Deloitte Digital volunteers to develop this customized website and training program and would like to thank everyone involved.”

 

 

The Digital training program has been made possible thanks to the support received from ExxonMobilPNG, Deloitte/Deloitte Digital, PNG Air, Cogniss, Paddy’s Hotel, Niunet and the PNGAusPartnership.

 

 

BbP Launches PNG’s first Early Childhood Development App

BbP, ExxonMobil PNG and Cogniss will introduce a fun new learning app to complement curriculum learning from term 2 2021.

BbP's Digital Teacher training program, which is took part in Port Moresby in December 2020 saw the launch of of an early childhood development App designed to complement BbP's curriculum.

All BbP’s Library Learning Centres will see the implementation of a new Digital Learning Program in 2021 and BbP’s teacher training will prepare the teachers to support the children to read, play and learn on tablets.

App’s are a great tool for children to learn while having fun and not only help students to progress faster in their learning but also improves their ability to use technology. The BbP learning App will be used as part of BbP’s curriculum but parents will also be encouraged the download the free App so the children can continue to learn while they are away from the classroom.

The BbP learning App has been sponsored by ExxonMobil PNG and developed in partnership with the Australian Human Transformation company Cogniss. EMPNG is a long-term donor of BbP and has also provided volunteers and sponsorship for the week-long digital training program. EMPNG has supported BbP since 2011 and has built Library Learning Centres for children in their impact zone and also assists with annual Literacy Week celebrations.

BbP’s Early Childhood Development program seeks to provide children access to a vast library of books (more than 3000 books in each Library Learning Centre), comprehensive teaching of literacy, numeracy, pre-STEM and problem solving. The upcoming digital learning program will include app-based learning games and reading digitized curriculum content and books.

Anne-Sophie Hermann, Buk bilong Pikinini Founder & Chairperson said: “We are grateful to EMPNG and Cogniss https://www.cogniss.com for allowing us to develop an amazing learning app built specifically for PNG’s children. The children are going to have such a great time learning and becoming more proficient in using technology enabling them to be better prepared for the future. EMPNG has been a vital partner for BbP and has assisted the organization with support to continue to grow and develop its programs to provide the best possible foundations upon which to build the children's education.”

New websites for 2021

We are currently in the process of designing a new general website for Buk bilong Pikinini which will be launched shortly. To stay up to date with all our latest activities please follow our instagram https://www.instagram.com/bukbilongpikinini/ or Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/BukbilongPikinini/

We have just launched our digital training website to assist teachers in Papua New Guinea with digital skills for their teaching and for use in the classroom https://bbpdigitallearning.org/ - a great resource for brushing up on all things digital!

 

Literacy Week 2018

Buk bilong Pikinini is getting ready for Literacy Week.

There will be a number of activities in the Library Learning Centres throughout the week of the 3-7th of September. The prime event will be held to celebrate women's role in ensuring that their children obtain an education and will also seek to provide support and motivation for young girls to stay at school. The event is entitled "The Wonder Women and Girls of PNG" with the slogan "Educate a Girl - Educate a Generation." 

Programs and further information is available upon request. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.