Teacher educator Rose Polume Pongi is understandably proud to be a Papua New Guinean Lasallian.
Her connection to the Lasallian Family in PNG stretches back over 20 years to her time as a student at Rosary Secondary School in Kondiu.
Her schooling left her with a strong sense of admiration for the work of the De La Salle Brothers and Rose decided to contribute back to that as a primary teacher herself.
She saw an urgent need to support future generations of teachers in PNG, especially in remote schools and this led her to work for the Lasallian-run Sacred Heart Teachers College in Bomana.
Now the college's Deputy Principal, Rose is leading a push towards closing the literacy and numeracy gap in remote parts of PNG.
"It's incredibly rewarding to now see remote schools reopening because more teachers are graduating from our teachers college and are working in these areas", Rose explains.
"Through the Sacred Heart Teachers College, we have been able to provide ongoing resources and professional development to our teachers which is helping so many students as well."
Her strong passion for equity in education has led Rose to become the Area Coordinator for the Lasallian Family in the National Capital District of PNG.
"I want to continue ensuring that all provinces in the country get a fair share of teaching resources and the same opportunities as students do in Port Moresby", she says.
To enhance her work, Rose recently completed postgraduate studies in Australia through a Diploma in Leadership and Management course at Waragul in Victoria.
"The course has been so rewarding and enriching", Rose explains.
"It has helped me develop a stronger vision for what we can achieve together for the Lasallian family in Papua New Guinea in keeping with that great ethos- Together and By Association".