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February 11, 2021

Capacity strengthening for education leaders in Papua New Guinea

Mana Pacific Co-Founder and Director, Dr Tracie Mafile'o, facilitated a Christian Education Leadership workshop in PNG.

In meeting with Masters students, Dr Mafile'o focused on qualitative research. Her delivery focused on qualitative research being used as a tool for education leaders in their local context. Dr Mafile'o made some key observations, including students already demonstrating strong leadership capabilities through their own lived leadership experiences.

Qualitative research is about exploring and understanding storytelling from an insider's perspective.

One of the Masters students pictured was very excited about his first teaching placement in a village he'd never been to before. On arrival, he learned there was no existing house for an arriving teacher, and so he went ahead and built his own house.

Mana Pacific believes that integration of global knowledge into local context is an important part of the Pacific region's leadership development. Such workshops help equip education leaders to find nuanced answers to local issues.

Dr Mafile'o came away inspired after hearing the stories of her workshop attendees. Mana Pacific looks forward to being a part of more platforms like this where local narratives are shared to help shape local leadership development.


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Capacity strengthening for education leaders in Papua New Guinea
Educational leaders in Papua New Guinea pictured with Dr Tracie Mafile'o who contributed to teaching a course for a Masters in Christian Education Leadership.
Integration of global knowledge into local context is an important part of the Pacific region's leadership development.
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