Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) through it’s School Based Civic Education (SBCE) project, has been developing civic education materials for schools in PNG.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed forms the basis of a partnership between the National Department of Education (NDoE). This MoU establishes the commitment of both TIPNG and the NDoE for collaboration and innovation of the delivery of civic education materials and training for schools and associated institutions in Papua New Guinea through the implementation of the SBCE project.
This partnership has taken over 2 years to achieve, and it is being highlighted at a crucial time when NDoE is also deliberating on materials for the new Standards Based Curriculum. This partnership means TIPNG and NDoE will be working closely to bring civic education into our schools in PNG.
Through civic education, students will achieve an understanding of the concepts of human rights, democracy, rule of law and advocacy.
The SBCE project’s overall objective is “a population that participates more effectively in governance so that state agencies are made accountable, act transparently and always use state resources in achieveing greater levels of national development.”
We are looking forward to work in partnership with the NDoE in the years to come.
Tender for Design & Layout of SBCE Publications Terms of Reference: Please click HERE to download.
For youth to be able to make the best contribution to our country, they need to understand how governance processes and our laws are supposed to work.
They need to understand concepts like human rights, democracy, rule of law and advocacy and be able to apply these in their communities.
TIPNG believes there are inadequate materials in schools for teachers to teach civics. In 2008/9 TIPNG had a pilot civic education project for some schools that were well received. We now wish to expand and revise the materials and take it to all upper primary schools and secondary schools.
What We Are Doing
The project is still in its feasibility design and research phase, thus only drafts are available
- Civic Education Resource Book for grades 3-12 teachers with 300+ interactive exercises.
- A Student Reader with 40 short stories explaining key concepts
- 4 Picture Story books/ Big Books targeting those with low literacy.
- Background Reading/Information Book for teachers.
- Book of Corruption Fighting Heroes
- Civic Education teaching Posters
- Social media links for students and Android Phone Applications.
- DVD of Civic Education Videos and Presentations & Sample lessons.
- Training for all Secondary social science teachers during the time of material distribution.
- Distribution of and linkage with other agency material (UNDP)
- A baseline survey on public knowledge of governance process.
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• Teachers’ Information/Background Reading – This material is comprised of 20 chapters; drafts have been submitted for 17 chapters, 1st draft is still pending for 1 chapter (19) and two chapters (8 & 14) have not been assigned as yet.
• Teachers’ Resource/Tasks Book – This book contains 300+ interactive exercises. Edits to these tasks have been completed after receiving feedbacks from the recent (3rd) TAG workshop. We are hopeful to receive more concrete feedbacks in the next (September) TAG Workshop. The construction of the content, the forward and the sequencing of tasks is in progress at this time.
• Student Reader – Civic concepts in forms of short stories is what this book contains. It contains 40 texts; 13 old texts from the GGACE reader and 27 new texts developed. Each text will be accompanied by an illustration; the contracted illustrator has submitted most of the drafts which will be re-assessed for adjustments.
• Big Books – This is an A3 size publication more like a flip chart. There are 5 of these books targeted for low literacy individuals and early childhood. Each paragraph of each story in these books will be illustrated; 4 of which have been completed and is displayed on PowerPoint file. Illustrations for the 5th big book are in progress.
• Book of Corruption Fighting Heroes – This will be a collection of stories of ordinary Papua New Guineans who have gone out of their ways to stand against/fight corruption. We currently have two (2) stories used as samples for other similar stories. It will also be contracted out to professionals to conduct interviews and write biographies.
• Posters – In addition to the seven (7) GGACE posters, 9 concepts for new posters have been developed. A selected graphic artist will be tasked with these concepts to develop posters that will be used and displayed in classrooms nationwide.
• Design and Layout – All these publications will soon go into design and layout phase; at this time, this work has been tendered for the most suitable and professional layout designer applicant. Screening of applications including their samples will soon begin.
2. Android Applications – With these phone apps, anyone with a smart phone can download and install these games; it’s a fun way to learn Civic concepts. An app is ready for testing, as advised by its developer and the scheduled time for testing is on the 21st of May, 2015. Other apps will be installed on timely basis.
3. DVD/Video Production – This will contain a variety of resources (Power points, Reports, Teaching materials, Teacher training videos). Several professional video producers have been consulted on how best they can produce videos given the civic concepts. At this juncture, the project has yet to select the suitable applicant for this.
- Proposed date for the MoU Launch between TIPNG and NDoE – 11th of June, 2015. Invites will be sent to respective individuals and stake holders, etc as soon as the date and venue is confirmed.
- The project began the year in January with testing of materials. Students (grades 9-12) from the nearby Hanuabada village volunteered to attend our ‘Holiday Classes’ for two weeks. The first week was a success. Due to some circumstances that was beyond our control and for the safty of the kids, classes were cancelled on the second week. We are planning for more materials testing this year.
- The 3rd TAG (Teachers Advisory Group) Workshop will be held in March from the 16th to the 20th. Professional teachers with experiences from Primary schools, Secondary schools, Colleges/Technical Colleges and Universities from selected provinces, including representatives from the Curriculum Division of the NDoE come together to review all the materials drafted, the proposed concepts and suggest new concepts and ideas as a step forward to enhance its quality and to better achieve the project’s goals/objectives.
- The 20th March, last day of the TAG workshop, is the proposed date of the signing and launching of the Memorandum of Understanding between TIPNG/SBCE and the NDoE. With this document signed, we will be able to work in collaboration with NDoE, Provincial DoE and schools to test materials, distribute them nationwide and also set up trainings and workshops for Social Science teachers on how these materials can be fully utilized in the classroom. We are awaiting response from the Education Secretary’s office to confirm the date of the siging and launching of the MoU.
- An extension survey to the SBCE baseline survey is scheduled to begin in April and end sometime in August. This will be funded by UNDP and is targetting mostly rural schools in the following provinces; Sandaun, Enga, Oro and Autonomous Region of Bouganville (ARoB). The sample size, survey instruments and methodology will be the same as the initial baseline survey used by the contractor, Institute of National Affairs (INA).
2014 in Brief:
- The on-going major challenge of the year was getting the Secretary for the Department of Education to sign the MoU between TIPNG and the DoE. Once this is done, it will enable us to move freely into schools to test the materials and also conduct teacher in-service programs if need be.
- The program was under staffed in the begining of the year so the project recruited a casual employee in April who was made permanent as the Project Assistant in July. Two other officers were also recruited, in October, to replace the out-going Project Manager and the Technical Coordinator.
- Through out the year, interested writers and illustrators were contracted to either write up chapters to the ‘Background Reading/Information Book’ or to do concept drawings/sketches for the ‘Big Book (Picture Story books)’ and the Teaching Posters. We have received drafts from both teams which will be reviewed in the next (3rd) TAG workshop.
- In July, the 2nd TAG (Teacher Advisory Group) workshop was held for a week (23-27 July) to basically review all the draft materials produced. The 3rd TAG workshop will be held some time next year (2015).
- Another major activity was the SBCE Baseline Survey which was conducted in 5 provinces by the Institute of National Affairs (INA). These provinces are: NCD, Central, Simbu, Kokopo and Madang targeting grade 10 students. Data entry and analysis are complete, final results are still pending.
- Before the year ended, two attempts were made to test the materials; one was with the kids at ‘Buk Bilong Pikinini, 6 mile. The other time was at Iobuna Kauba Primary School just outside Port Moresby (central district). Grades 3-6 went over the Big Books to test the level of difficulty while the 7s did ‘tasks’ in the Resource Book. We are planning for more next year.
- A few individuals also voluteered to try out these materials in their home districts/provinces like Karamui (remote part of simbu province), Oro province and others outside Port Moresby; so they were given draft copies of the Resource Book, Big Books, brochures for background information about the project and also evaluation sheets to evaluate the ‘tasks’ every time it is being used. We are tracking and awaiting feedbacks from these volunteers.