ExxonMobile To Fund School Board Management Training In PNG's Central Province

Liquified Natural Gas company seeks to improve school management around gas project

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 19, 2017) – ExxonMobil PNG Limited, operator of the PNG LNG project, has signed a funding agreement with Central provincial government education division to help roll out school board of management training in Central Province.

The training program uses a manual developed by Esmie Sinapa Development Consultants and funded by ExxonMobil PNG with support from the Central provincial government last year.

The school board of management training manual is aimed at improving school board governance and leadership capabilities.

The manual development involved extensive consultation and pilot training with boards of management from schools near the PNG LNG Project plant.

A total of K300,000 [US$91,000] has been allocated for the next two years to help deliver the program across Central Province through training for boards of management, training of trainers, ongoing monitoring and evaluation and dissemination of the manual and learning.

ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry thanked the Central provincial government for their support in developing and ensuring that the benefits are spread more widely to schools.

“Good governance and leadership in any school is fundamental to providing quality education to students.

Strong and effective boards help to guide teachers’ and students’ performances and similarly increase the quality of administrative functions at schools,” Mr Barry said.

ExxonMobil PNG is also helping to facilitate an extension of the Board of Management training program to Hela Province schools.

Earlier in April about 30 representatives from Hela Provincial Government, Administration and Division of Education completed introductory training in Tari with a further nine project area schools identified to trial the program later this year.

ExxonMobil PNG has invested a total of K21 million [US$6.4 million] in education infrastructure development in PNG.

[PIR editor's note: On April 19, 2017 The National reported that 'Papua New Guinea earns US$50 million (K160 million) from every shipment of liquefied natural gas exported, Madang MP and Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban says.']

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