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2018 Project: Adult Literacy in PNG

Opening of Mosa Adult Literacy School, PNG, Jan 2015. © ABM 2015
Opening of Mosa Adult Literacy School, PNG, Jan 2015. © ABM 2015
Community Development project  

This is part of the Community Development Program: Learn more about ABM’s Programs here

The ABM National Auxiliary Project supports the Adult Literacy Program in PNG. 

A powerful story from the Adult Literacy project in PNG illustrates the life-changing impact this project is having. Warren Waghi, an Adult Literacy teacher with Anglicare PNG, and Darwin Gabore, the Port Moresby Adult Literacy Centre Manager writes:

“From our research and observations of Anglicare Adult Literacy students from Level 1 to Level 4, we have noticed a common trend of behaviour. The eagerness of the students, their solid commitment in attending classes, and their obedience to their teachers’ instructions has indicated that education is treasured above any other thing. In discovering and celebrating this eagerness, we also learnt with sadness the stories of these students, many of whom come from extremely poor and broken homes.

“One story that particularly struck us was that of a student named John John.

“John John is the eldest child in his family. He was in primary school when his parents divorced. His father left his mother and married another woman when he was in grade 6.

“Left without the primary breadwinner, John John struggled to continue his education and eventually had to withdraw as there was no money for bus fares or daily meals. “Hungry and desperate, he joined gangs on the streets and soon was involved in petty crime. He survived on the food that he stole, living this way for ten years.”

John John ‘s life was transformed when he started to attend the Anglicare Adult Literacy program. Read the full story here: Escape from a life of crime

The Anglican Church of PNG’s literacy program, delivered by Anglicare PNG, has over 80 schools and 2,500 learners enrolled across eight provinces in PNG. ABM partners with Anglicare PNG, which works closely with the Anglican dioceses around the country, to coordinate the program and oversee the syllabus. The syllabus incorporates literacy and numeracy as well as social issues, such as domestic violence, HIV, child protection, alcohol abuse and law and justice. Your gift is changing lives like John John’s. Please give generously.

PG005ED needs $18,370 in 2018 (tax-deductible)

 Australian Aid logo    This project receives partial funding from the Australian Government.


Project Update

September 2018: Read about the life changing impact the PNG Adult Literacy project is having on many lives in Papua New Guinea – ‘Literacy goes beyond reading a book’



You can make an online donation to this project. Donate now to the 2018 Auxiliary Appeal 


Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.

Gifts to ABM will be applied to the support of project(s) selected. In the unlikely event of the project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be applied to a similar project to the one(s) selected.


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