More than 200 educators from Seventh-day Adventist schools in Papua New Guinea attended a trainers’ workshop on April 13-15 at Kabiufa Adventist Secondary School in Goroka.
With the theme “I Will Go—Quest for Integrity”, the workshop focused on promoting Adventist ethos and identity, connecting through prayer, effective Bible teaching, developing the special character of Adventist schools, walking the quality Adventist school framework through accreditation, valuing the essential characteristics of Adventist ethos and identity, and sharing best practices.
Master trainer Dr Elisapesi Manson—education consultant to Adventist schools in Tonga—and her co-master trainers Talonga Pita from Gilson College (Victoria, Australia) and Joe Benjamin from Sonoma Adventist College (Papua New Guinea) conducted the workshops.
Resources were based on the findings of a comprehensive professional development needs assessment of teachers from the Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) and Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) conducted in 2022. The professional development analysis report identified key priority areas teachers need in order to effectively promote and demonstrate Adventist ethos and identity in their schools. One of the teachers who attended the workshop said he is now empowered with enhanced knowledge, insights and skills in these areas.
An evaluation and monitoring process will follow to ensure that the trainers successfully facilitate the workshop to more than 3000 teachers in Adventist schools in the PNGUM by the end of June.
A similar workshop was held for TPUM teachers in January.