Ahge: A Role Model for his Children
Ahge, now aged 50, grew up in a settlement area of Port Moresby. His story is typical of many of his age who had to leave school after Grade 3 because his family was unable to afford the school fees for all six of their children. Ahge was only 12.
A limited education meant limited opportunities. Ahge became involved in crime, just to be able to support himself and his family. In fact, when he was 33 he was convicted of theft and jailed. But his life turned around two years ago after his brother told him about Anglicare’s Adult Literacy Program (funded by the Church Partnership Program—CPP).
When Ahge started attending regular classes at Anglicare in 2019, his friends were surprised.
“When my peers asked me where I am going when they saw me dressed up, unlike before, and would ask me with curiosity, I normally tell them that I am attending Anglicare Adult Literacy School.”
Despite his studies being interrupted by COVID-19, Ahge has managed to complete Levels 1-4 of the program. Ahge enrolled in the bridging class prior to moving into Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in June this year.
In addition to offering successful adult literacy classes, the Anglicare CPP program also links many students to TVET courses. This includes maintaining current courses, providing letters of recommendation as well as financial assistance to assist with enrolment fees. The majority of those who complete level four in Anglicare’s Adult Literacy Program go onto further study.
Ahge said, “I can confidently write, read and speak in Basic English after attending three levels of Anglicare Adult Literacy Program. I commend Anglicare for giving me a glimmer of hope to further my education and find employment.”
Ahge’s enthusiasm for and dedication to his studies makes him a great a role model for his children. And he is well on his way to achieve his dream of becoming a qualified carpenter.
ABM’s Adult Literacy Program is implemented by Anglicare PNG and supported by the Australian Government through the Papua New Guinea–Australia Partnership.