Partnership with the Kokoda Track Foundation

LHL and KTF are delighted for the opportunity to develop a strategic partnership to take on the challenge of quality education for PNG’s future.





Why Papua New Guinea?

Papua New Guinea recently reformed its education policy to require 3 years of Early Childhood Education, which is an increase of 2 years. This has put added pressure on infrastructure and demands on educators. With LHL’s commitment to providing ECE centers to those most in need, we are ensuring that the children of PNG have ECE centers to attend and put them on a life-changing journey through education. ECE will have a positive impact not just on the communities, but Papua New Guinea for generations to come.

Ensuring education and keeping the spirit of Kokoda alive for little hearts with big dreams.


Give more children in rural and remote PNG access to the life-changing benefit of education.

Flag where these programs augment each other for greater effectiveness and possible opportunity.

Cover some of the key elements of the PNG education system and other background information.

Align the goals around Early Childhood Education and the 3-6-6 model of education recently adopted in PNG.

Maximize long-term impact in the communities where we work.

Approach hollistically, within our education program, and interrelated with the other key areas where we operate – health, livelihoods, and leadership.

About KTF
“We’re a group of passionate and innovative problem solvers making a difference in Papua New Guinea. Our aim is to advance education, health, livelihoods and leadership outcomes for every person in Papua New Guinea. By providing sustainable solutions that work – things like teacher training, health infrastructure, supplies and resources, micro businesses and leadership opportunities – we achieve long term impact. We are a registered charity, a member of the Australian Council for international Development (ACFID), have full accreditation with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and are endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). They were there for us in our darkest hour… now it’s our turn to lend a hand.”

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“We are focused on providing a play-based curriculum aligned with the Government’s standards-based curriculum; and being a part of KTF’s PNG Schools Project has enabled us to thrive and deliver a high-quality learning to all children in our catchment region.”

Education is the key to PNG’s future. Investing in a strong, confident and empowered generation of teachers, quality school infrastructure, and rich and supported learning environments for children in remote and rural PNG is the focus of our work in education. KTF believes that everyone has a right to inclusive, equitable, and quality education. This is why KTF is investing in projects that are directly contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Early Childhood Education (3)

PNG currently has one year of Early Childhood Education (“Prep”); however, PNG is moving to add two additional years onto the front end of formal schooling, to cater for children aged 3-6 years. The framework for this is being developed at a provincial level. We are working with a number of provinces assisting with this, including the development of pilot purpose-built ECE classrooms and teacher training and up-skilling.

Primary (6)

Grades 1-6 for children from 7 years old. This schooling was previously split across Elementary (yr 1-2) and Primary schools (yr 3-6) and is now called “Primary.” Villages are likely to have a local Elementary and possibly a Primary school. The introduction of tuition-free education has seen increased enrolments; however, funding received by the schools is insufficient to cover the numbers. There is a chronic shortage of qualified teachers, particularly in rural and remote locations.

Secondary (6)

Grades 7 to 12, secondary education is offered at a provincial level, often requiring children to travel long distances to larger towns to continue schooling, with a corresponding drop in numbers. Those who did not complete secondary schooling might be offered an alternative education pathway via Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE), a combination of face-to-face and remote learning for those who cannot attend on a full-time basis. KTF’s Kokoda College offers FODE studies.