Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared by WHO as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. There are currently no licensed treatments or vaccines for the COVID-19 virus, although experimental treatments as well as vaccines are under development. The epidemiology of COVID-19 is dynamically evolving with confirmation of the disease in different countries.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning for 1.5 billion children representing over 89% of the world’s student population including all 2.41 million students in PNG. The gains in expanding access to education and improving the quality of education are being severely compromised. The loss of protection and other forms of support that schools provide including school-based health and child protection are also impacting children’s well-being. Vulnerable children, including girls, children with a disability, poor and other marginalized groups, including those living in remote hard-to-reach areas are the most affected.

 Papua New Guinea has reported its 1st case on the 5th of April 2020. Since the 1st case being reported, there has been several lock downs which disrupt classes and affects learning of our children. With careful monitoring by the government on how to stop the spread of this virus, Government has put in place strict measures to protect its citizen from being infected and also to stop the spread of the virus.

 Schools and communities have been advised to adjust to a “New Normal/Niupela Pasin” meaning a new way of living and going about our lives, work and interactions with other people.
With that, Department of Education through NGO has come up with awareness materials to voice out New normal/Niupela Pasin messages to our children in schools, to practice every day as they attend school. The awareness materials were written in three main languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, English, Motu and Tokpisin. These messages were grouped in each sectors from Elementary, Primary, Secondary and as well as Community (Parents).

 You will find on this website, “New Normal/Niupela Pasin” awareness materials for schools.