La Salle Technical College, Hohola

La Salle Technical College is located in the suburb of Hohola in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

The school was founded as Hohola Youth Development Centre by the Brigidine Sisters in 1973 and offered vocational and technical training to at-risk students who were unable to find a place in traditional secondary schools. The De La Salle Brothers were invited to take over the management of the Centre in 1993, and it was renamed La Salle Technical College in recognition of its changed focus to technical and academic education.

Since its opening in 1973, the College has offered a second-chance opportunity to students who were unable to access educational and vocational education after primary school. Many of the students at La Salle Technical College live in poor settlement (squatter) communities and have no access to basic amenities such as electricity and running water. A significant number of students come from difficult circumstances or broken families.

From small beginnings, La Salle Technical College now serves about 700 students in Grades 9 to 11 and has plans to extend to Grade 12. In response to student, parent and employer requests, and a shortage of places in Port Moresby secondary schools, the College is planning to offer the National Curriculum up to Grade 12, in addition to the technical courses and programs it currently offers. The College will increase its enrolment as it adds Grade 12 classes.

The College has been the recipient of two large infrastructure grants from the AusAid Incentive Fund in the last ten years which have provided the College with technical and educational facilities of a high standard.

The Lasallian Foundation and its partners provide La Salle Technical College with funding support for curriculum resources and materials, infrastructure projects and the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is accessed by about 300 students and is particularly needed given the home circumstances of the students.

New classrooms, specialist rooms and curriculum materials will be required in the coming years to cater for the expansion to Year 12 and increased student enrolment and staffing. It is estimated that about $75,000 will be required for curriculum materials each year for three years, and at least $250,000 required for infrastructure in the next two years.

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