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of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

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La salle TECHNICAL COLLEGE Hohola (FORMERLY HOHOLA Youth Development Centre)

Hohola Youth Development Centre (HYDC) was established in 1976 by the Brigidine Sisters to cater for students who did not gain entry into a secondary school. In 1996 the Brigidine Sisters invited the De La Salle Brothers to take over the management of HYDC. It was renamed La Salle Technical College in 2016. The students enrolled come primarily from the Port Moresby region, but 35% come from towns and villages outside Port Moresby and board with relatives in the city. The students attend HYDC for three years during which time they are taught a range of vocational skills – secretarial studies, hospitality and tourism, carpentry, motor mechanics, upholstery, welding and metalwork. The students who graduate from this school have an employment rate of over 50% that, when compared with those graduating from Grade 10 of secondary schools of 20%, is significantly better. It is an extremely popular school and there are over 100 students on the enrolment waiting list.

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Hospitality class - learning to bake and make donuts      Br Leo Scollen speaking to class

Jubilee Catholic Secondary School

The De La Salle Brothers run Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, one of the country’s best high schools. The school has an excellent record of academic results and has expanded to try and accommodate the demand for places. Currently there are over 660 students and 26 teachers. However despite it's high enrolments, Jubilee suffers from lack of funding. For example for some subjects, students share text books between two or three students, and the school has plans for some major school infrastructure development to cope with the growing demand.

Woodwork students       Year 11 students

 

De La Salle Secondary School, Bomana

De La Salle Secondary School Bomana is a high school for up to 900 boys situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby. The Brothers first arrived in PNG in 1946 establishing their first community and primary school at Bomana. In 1947, the school was moved to Yule Island in 1947. The Brothers returned to the Bomana site and school in 1964. The new school was established as a boarding school and continued with boarding students up to 2009. The De La Salle Brothers returned to the management of the school in 2018, with Br Antony Swamy as Principal and Br Thomas Yapo as Deputy Principal.

Year 12 at DLS Bomana       DLS Bomana students with local primary school kids

Sacred Heart Teachers College (SHTC)

SHTC commenced teaching operations in 2010 with the pioneer intake of 100 students. This College targets developing resilient teacher graduates who will assist with improving the quality of education in the remote schools of disadvantaged areas in PNG. The College has broken new ground in changing the student entrance requirements to accept Grade 12 Graduates who have not previously been able to accept a Tertiary placement. Even if they achieve a place, many students do not even start due to the high cost of tertiary education. Graduate Teachers will return to the remote schools and remain there for a period of at least three years. SHTC’s aim is to improve PNG’s ability to deliver and achieve Universal Primary Education.

In 2015 the college moved from a 2 year to a 3 year program. They have received generous support from both UN and PNG Incentive Fund.

Learning resources - made by the student teachers       Student teachers of SHTC

 

Mainohana Catholic Secondary School

Mainohana is a remote, boarding, co-educational secondary school about three hours outside of Port Moresby. Many students travel several days via foot, boat and road to arrive at the school at the beginning of term. The school also caters to a small group of local primary students. Aside from academic subjects, the school is increasing its focus on a skills-based curriculum in areas such as agriculture. As many of the students come from a rural, subsistence living background, learning agriculture skills will offer them skills beneficial not only for their families but for their entire community. Trades skills and hospitality are other areas of practical learning. The school’s goal is to develop into a full Technical Secondary School.

The local Diocese took over management of the mainohana at the beginning of 2014. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers who helped improve the campus.

Girl studying       Mainohana transport / PMV

School assembly       Mainohana students in tribal dress

 

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