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PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools

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The PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative aims to strengthen relationships between Papua New Guinean (PNG) and Australian secondary schools. Delivered across two years, this initiative will deepen people-to-people links and build secondary education capabilities in STEM, English and student agency.


The pilot initiative saw 12 high performing secondary schools in Papua New Guinea and 12 secondary schools in Australia engage in reciprocal immersion experiences in PNG and Australia during 2019. The program was comprised of:

  • ​​formal professional learning for teachers and school leaders
  • collaborative projects amongst schools 
  • student leadership initiatives; and 
  • a school visit component with participants travelling to both Australia and PNG  

This initiative was developed under the PNG-Australia bilateral partnership as a new school education initiative enhancing engagement between PNG and Australian schools. The PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative is fully funded by the Australian High Commission in PNG to support schools to stimulate their curiosity, understanding and interest in engaging more deeply with Australia.

Entering its third year, in 2021 the initiative will expand to involve new participants from the same 24 schools as well as representatives from the PNG National Department of Education and 12 Provincial Education Divisions. Investing even more in women’s and girls’ leadership and innovation, the initiative will deepen partnerships by developing intercultural skills and personal connections amongst counterparts.

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  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Initiative Objectives

The three key objectives of PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative are: 

  • improve secondary school education capabilities in targeted areas including STEM, English language, youth agency and leadership, girls and inclusive education
  • build student empowerment through the development of leadership skills and an expanded world view; and 
  • strengthen the public diplomacy between the two countries. 

Download the initiative flyer here, featuring key achievements and highlights as well as a map of participating schools.

Follow the conversation on social media with #PNGAusPartnership. 

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The PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative is managed by Tetra Tech International Development on behalf of the Australian Government, supported by Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, The University of Melbourne. Artwork Acknowledgement.

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