Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
A church-government partnership has enabled 98 primary teachers from across Papua New Guinea to upgrade their qualifications to bachelor degree level.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
The teachers, who all originally graduated with diplomas from Sonoma Adventist College (East New Britain), participated in six weeks of intensive learning at the end of the past three school years. The in-service training was conducted by Pacific Adventist University (PAU) outside Port Moresby and supported financially by the Australian Government.
A graduation was held at PAU on January 24 under the theme “Revitalised for Service”, which Sonoma principal Dr Isako Esekia said fittingly described the graduates—upgraded teachers who had been revived and prepared for service with new teaching strategies, skills, ideas and knowledge.
Dr Esekia told the graduates to reject self-interest and to serve to reflect the ultimate beauty of Christ.
Guest of honour Australian High Commission official Suzanne Edgecombe addressed the graduating class, encouraging them to return to their respective schools with acquired skills to improve the quality of learning. She quoted William Arthur Ward, saying, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”