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.