Meet our Teacher Champion for the month of May
May
30
5:00 PM17:00

Meet our Teacher Champion for the month of May

EPF is grateful to share its passion of change with other members of the society. Through our Equal Playing Field for Schools (EPF4S) Program and the Student Action Groups (SAGs), there are a number of notable changemakers that deserve recognition for their efforts in driving change through our schools’ programs.

 

Meet Mrs. Solok, our Teacher Champion from Koki Primary School who leads the way in educating her students about respectful relationship education through EPF’s School Action Group Program.

 

Mrs. Solok is part of a team of teachers from participating primary schools around the national capital that have undergone Teacher Training through EPF’s school programs under its Safe Schools Framework. She has been a teacher champion through EPF’s programs since 2017 and says the training she’s received plus the education she imparts to her students has helped her as an individual both in her professional and personal life.

 

“I am now more considerate of children and students in terms of discipline. A good number of EPF trained students made it through to secondary schools. I emphasise gender equality in my home through household tasks”, said Mrs. Solok.

 

Mrs. Solok is passionately driven to make change to support students to make their voices heard and to speak up in a respectful way towards others. She believes that with the skills learned and with her personality, she is capable of addressing Gender-Based Violence in her school and to be vocal about these issues through the students’ action groups.

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EPF University Action Group Blood Drive A Huge Success
May
16
9:00 AM09:00

EPF University Action Group Blood Drive A Huge Success

On May 16th, more than 70 bags of blood were collected by the Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) from UPNG students, staff and volunteers that turned up and supported the Blood Drive organized by the Equal Playing Field University Action Group (UAG).

In collaboration with PIH, the EPF UAG Team & PIH Teams set up at 9am in the morning and throughout the day gave UPNG students, staff and volunteers the opportunity to become aware of their health status with free HIV / AIDS testing and donate blood. EPF Program Officer, Abednego Airi said, “it’s important for an individual to know about their health status so the blood drive gave us an opportunity for us through PIH to offer this free HIV / AIDS testing to prospective blood donors and anyone that wanted to know about this. It was a very successful day and we, the EPF UAG hope to run this activity in collaboration with PIH again in the second semester of 2019. “ 

The Equal Playing Field’s University Action Group (UAG) is part of EPF’s ‘Safe Schools Initiative’ and its members are comprised of UPNG student volunteers who recently graduated from the EPF’s “Changemakers Academy.” The EPF Changemakers Academy offers volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35 certified training to equip them with the necessary skills and education to carry out EPF’s other programs delivered to NCD & Bougainville primary schools. UAGs are a dynamic group of individuals, trained with valuable knowledge on Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Child Protection, Gender Equality and Respectful Relationships Education.

EPF currently has one active UAG under a MoA signed with the University of Papua New Guinea, and is currently in negotiations with and looking at bringing online UAGs at the University of Goroka, Pacific Adventist University and Divine Word University in 2019.

The day was a huge success with more than 70 people now knowing their HIV/AIDS status through the free testing by PIH, and more than 70 bags of blood collected on the day.

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Hagara’s Second Batch of Change Advocates for EPF4S Program
May
1
to Jun 19

Hagara’s Second Batch of Change Advocates for EPF4S Program

Hagara’s Second Batch of Change Advocates for EPF4S Program

Almost 230 Grade 7 Students at Hagara Primary School in NCD have taken on the challenge to become ‘Change Advocates’ within their school and local communities part taking in Equal Playing Field’s 8-week long “Equal Playing Field for Schools” training program.

The EPF4S Program which started on Wednesday 1st of March will see the students undergo an 8-week program curriculum involving learning about respectful relationships and Gender Based Violence through sports and sporting concepts. In the 8 weeks, students will learn:

Week 1: RULES OF THE GAME: Students learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship on and off the field.

Week 2: A MILE IN THEIR SHOES 7 STYLES OF COMMUNICATION: Students learn about empathy and how to consider their words and impact of their actions on others.

Week 3: EVERYONE’S EQUAL: Students learn about the importance and benefits of gender equality in personal relationships.

Week 4: UNDERSTANDING VIOLENCE & ABUSE: Students learn about the different kinds of violence and abuse that can happen within relationships and how a respectful relationship is a much better alternative.

Week 5: SETTING BOUNDARIES & CONSENT: Students learn about the importance of consent and how to stay safe by setting personal boundaries.

Week 6: WALK & TALK: Students learn about how to develop a support network of people they can turn to or ask when if they need help.

Week 7: LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD: Students revise key concepts and messages covered during the program.

 Hagara Primary were involved in EPF4S in 2018 and have an active School Action Group set up by the Grade 8 students who formerly underwent the EPF4S program in 2018. EPF thanked Hagara Primary School Head Teacher Mr. Koregai for the school’s continued support in granting permission for his Grade 7 students to undergo the EPF4S training again this year.

 The students will be going through Week 2 learning activities on Wednesday 8th May with Equal Playing Field’s school program staff and volunteers.

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