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Papua New Guinea: Adult Literacy

Community Development project
Mosa Adult Literacy School in PNG. © © Meagan Schwarz/ABM 2015.
Mosa Adult Literacy School in PNG. © © Meagan Schwarz/ABM 2015.





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

The Anglican Church of PNG’s Adult Literacy Program has over 80 schools and 2,500 learners enrolled across eight provinces in PNG. ABM partners with Anglicare PNG, which works closely with all 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, law and justice.

The schools are often referral points to other services such as HIV/STI testing and treatment and are also well suited for advocacy activities with students being encouraged to engage their families in discussions around topics they’ve covered in class. Anglicare is working to establish an Adult Literacy School Committee for each school to provide local governance and role models for other groups within the community.

Funding cuts mean plans for new schools and additional classes have been put on hold. This also means some students in rural areas will not be able to complete their final level and graduate. Australian Government funds have been sufficient to run the Church’s Adult Literacy Program for several years now but with recent cuts in DFAT funding, ABM needs to again raise money for this very important outreach of the Anglican Church.

This program empowers people by providing adult literacy classes in remote, rural and peri-urban areas of PNG and it is a great opportunity for ABM donors to support our sisters and brothers in PNG.

Funding is required to ensure quality teacher training and materials and offer consistent delivery across schools. Please give generously to this program so that ABM can limit the negative effects of the huge funding cuts.

PG005ED needs $50,000 in 2017 (tax-deductible)

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



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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.



October 2017 – Mary Hekwa is 24 years old, and comes from the Kairuku Hiri District in Central Province of Papua New Guinea. When Mary was a teenager, she was forced to drop out of high school. Read more.

August 2017 – “Escape from a life of crime”. Read this amazing story of a life transformed by the Anglicare Adult Literacy program. Read more.