In a step toward evolving teaching practices in Manus, Papua New Guinea, the Japanese government has provided 250 electronic tablets to the Manus Education Division.
It was under Japan’s Smile Program. All 97 schools in the Manus province will receive the tablets and the aim is to enhance teaching and understanding in primary schools.
The tablets come equipped with text books, educational videos and other materials for teachers to use.
The Division’s Executive Manager Peter Nalan said this was a plus for teachers and students.
“It will very much help our teachers, instead of going around with their manuals it will now be easier. Instead of having one of one class they have all the manuals for all the classes,” he said.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Department of Education developed text books and manuals for PNG teachers and students. These are the materials installed in the tablets.
A representative from JICA’s Smile Tablets Project Akinori Ito said videos loaded on the tablets include experiments that teachers can use as guides to set up in their classes.
“Teachers can access internet and research about lesson preparation. We put some video footage for teachers to understand how to proceed or prepare experiments,” he said.
Head teacher of the Kari Primary School, Daniel Chris, expressed his delight in using technology to improve teaching and learning for students.