Project Airborne delivered a health-focused educational program to 372 elementary schools through the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) across New Ireland.
The total cost of Project Airborne was A$166,000. In 2021, activities across the province were delivered to incorporate the procurement and delivery of resources to schools, training of teacher trainers and the provision of vaccine collateral designed to address concerns raised around vaccine misinformation.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, critical resources were delivered to the schools, including reusable cloth masks, hand sanitiser, disinfectant and tippy tap water dispensers, enabling the students and teachers to wash their hands without touching the taps.
In a partnership between the New Ireland Provincial Administration Division of Education and KTF, the resources were distributed and delivered in two rounds. In total, 12 local level government teacher trainers were allocated to the elementary schools in their clusters to oversee the distribution.
In addition, teacher trainers provided COVID-19 training remotely and in person for teachers and school communities to on-deliver information to their students, parents and communities. The training consisted of information about COVID-19, mitigation measures for the transmission of infection and vaccine awareness education.