Australia Awards Papua New Guinea In-Australia Support Services

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea In-Australia Support Services

Australia Awards Papua New Guinea provides long-term scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in Australia, and access to ongoing professional development opportunities through alumni networks.

Scope Global manages the In-Australia Support component of the program. It aims to increase the number of awardees who achieve their qualification and graduate on schedule, and to ensure awardees are well prepared to achieve their reintegration plans after they return to Papua New Guinea.

Scope Global is contracted by Coffey International Development to manage this component of the program and during the year, our contract was renewed until June 2019.

This year the team supported 405 awardees across 39 host institutions. They co-delivered a pre-departure program in Papua New Guinea, and ran four reintegration workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane for 130 awardees who were about to complete their scholarship.

In 2017–18 the team will run short workshops for new awardees soon after they arrive in Australia – a new initiative. This will give an opportunity to review themes delivered at the pre-departure program and continue to build rapport between awardees and case managers.

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Awardee profile: Benson Hahambu

In 2017 Australia Awards scholarship awardee Benson Hahambu and his Australian study partner, Stephanie Matulin, were awarded a national development prize for their paper ‘Papua New Guinea Education Network for Disaster Risk Reduction’.

The pair entered their work in the 2017 Research for Development Impact Network Conference. They were one of only five pairs from across Australia to be shortlisted for consideration at the national conference, and went on to win a Mitchell Humanitarian Award.

The Murdoch University students sought to address low knowledge levels about disaster risk reduction strategies and systems in rural Papua New Guinea through providing targeted training to existing and future teachers. Their rationale was that by educating teachers, school children in rural areas would also receive essential knowledge about disaster risk reduction to use throughout their lives and share throughout their communities.

Benson and Stephanie received financial support to help them implement their idea. They’ll report back on their progress in 12 months’ time.

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