Educating young children in Papua New Guinea

Save the Children provides education and support for young children and their families in Papua New Guinea.

In Papua New Guinea, we are providing education for preschool-aged children in rural areas. Our early childhood education program helps children to be better prepared for primary school and beyond.

Why educating young children is important

The first few years of a child's life are critical for cognitive, social, language and physical development. Ultimately, this period will shape the rest of their childhood, adolescence and adult life.

Structured early learning such as preschool, is crucial for children to fulfil their potential and improve their educational achievement. Sadly, most children in Papua New Guinea, especially in rural areas, do not have access to structured early learning opportunities.

Our Early Childhood Education program

Save the Children aims to provide young children in rural Papua New Guinea a good start in life, and to equip them with the skills to succeed academically when they reach school. We aim to reduce dropout rates and give children the ability to fulfil their potential.

We're establishing 25 early childhood centres to educate more than 600 preschool-aged children in Papua New Guinea. These centres will help children to develop basic cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical skills, which will help give them the best start to life.

Our program also supports mothers and families so they can assist with the education of their young children at home. Our program offers parenting classes to mothers of young children.

Who makes our program possible

Our program partners with the Australian government, the Papua New Guinean government, Westpac and Origin Energy to provide early education opportunities for children in Papua New Guinea.

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