Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Mr John Kopunye from Papua New Guinea, graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) with a Certificate III in Children Services (now known as Early Childhood Education and Care) in 2014.
“I have always been interested in the early childhood education sector. Undertaking the Certificate III in Children Services program has helped me better understand the importance of education from a young age and how I can contribute to the development and learning needs of children,” he said.
He adds that the organisational and leadership skills he received at APTC have greatly helped him in his work.
“Studying at APTC has opened up many doors for me including new job opportunities, better income, increased quality in work performance and further studies.”
After completing his APTC studies, Mr Kopunye took up the position of Head Teacher at the Jimi River Primary School in Jiwaka.
Currently a lecturer at Enga Teachers College - a training institute for teachers involved in primary school education - he oversees the training of trainee teachers at elementary and early childhood education levels, who are undertaking a one-year certificate program.
Mr Kopunye has fond memories of coordinating events as a student leader at APTC, and says the experience has helped him gain confidence in public speaking and mentoring.
Mr Kopunye is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree at the Divine Word University.