The Paladin Group has presented findings from research it conducted into children’s education on Manus Island to representatives of Australian Aid of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Paladin’s research focused on gaps in participation and access to education in remote communities on Manus. The research, which took place both in local primary and secondary schools, will inform Paladin’s ongoing education initiatives in the province.
Paladin has been working with Kingfisher Security to provide new fully equipped classrooms in four schools on the island as part of its education program.
Dr Shelby Higgs, Paladin’s PNG Services Contract Manager and international development specialist commented, “The research conducted by our community engagement team is part of Paladin’s commitment to support and transfer skills and knowledge to the communities in which we operate. The findings of our research will help guide our education program, as well as those of the wider development community, which is why we were pleased to be able to present them to DFAT representatives.
“Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin and the Education Department have been key allies in our education initiatives, and we are pleased to be able to support efforts to enhance prospects for the children of Manus.”
Paladin’s community outreach program has seen it support a series of environmental, sports and community activities. It recently helped bring back cinema to Manus for the first time in forty years through its sponsorship of a community film initiative by Australia-based not-for-profit organisation, Screens Without Borders.
With over 4,500 staff and contractors working across the Asia-Pacific, the Paladin Group is a leading provider of security and support services for major projects in the region.