Parenting for Child Development: Positive parenting in PNG

In 2016, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, commissioned the Centre for Child Development and Education to develop, implement and evaluate a parenting program for rural and remote provinces of Papua New Guinea. Pasin bilong lukautim pikinini gut is the local name for the program in tok pisin and means, How to care for children well.

The aim of the program is to reduce child maltreatment and violence against children. It is implemented by the Catholic Church in the Archdioceses of Madang, Western Highlands and Chimbu and is delivered by trained volunteers. The team at CCDE has developed the program and resources through a phase of qualitative research in remote communities, followed by a series of workshops to develop and refine key messages and to provide initial training to facilitators. From February to May in 2017, facilitators were trained in the program and a pilot was run in 10 communities of the Western Highlands and Madang. The evaluation was conducted with participation of staff and students of Divine Word University in Madang. Throughout the remainder of 2017, the findings of the pilot program will be used to revise the program and to develop an implementation plan for its expansion in participating provinces.


Project Leader: Prof. Gary Robinson

Project Coordinator: Ms Yomei Jones

Data Analysis: Dr Simon Moss, Mr Bernard Leckning