TKCP is known for its education efforts, which empower local teachers and raise conservation awareness through teacher training and conservation-oriented curricula for village schools. TKCP also contributes to the development of basic educational capacity in village schools, which suffer because of their remote locations, insufficient funding and lack of professional development opportunities.
TKCP helps to alleviate the acute teacher shortage in village schools by sponsoring YUS students for teacher training at Balob Teachers College in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Sponsored students agree to return to YUS to teach in village schools for a minimum of six years. In addition, TKCP works with educators to create new conservation education curricula for village schools each year.
Teacher Training Workshops
TKCP works with educators to create new conservation education curricula for village schools each year. Through Teacher Training Workshops hosted annually by TKCP, YUS teachers receive assistance on incorporating conservation curricula into their classrooms.
Village Library Initiative
TKCP is now working to provide YUS village schools with the basic educational supplies current lacking. A current focus is the Village Library Initiative, which aims to develop or improve libraries within each of the nine YUS primary schools.
The ecological knowledge and skills gained by students and community members through the TKCP education project promote environmentally sustainable decisions at the local level.
These education and awareness outcomes support the long-term maintenance of the YUS Conservation Area, empowering landowners and students with skills in literacy, land management and ecology.