Posted by Kate Mason
on 11 November 2019
Papua New Guinea is one of the strongest and most humble communities of Lasallians in the entire District. Wenly Armani works at all-boys school De La Salle Secondary School in Bomana, just outside of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. With over 1000 students, 41 teachers and 23 classes, Wenly teaches the Lasallian Charism within the Catholic agency. Wenly is the Lasallian facilitator at the school which involves engaging with the students not only within the school but outside the school. People describe her as a self-starter full of courage and enthusiasm about learning and development. Wenly tells us that, "Being a Lasallian to me is being part of a big family and a family that is all about being of service to others. We put our interests aside and go out there and put others' interests first".
When Wenly arrived at the school in 2013 she was appointed the Student Representative Council Coordinator and found that the greatest challenge she sees in the students is curiosity; curiosity in learning amid all of the advancements within technology and other areas, so children are curious as to how to handle these changes. They spend most of their time on social networking; there is a big competition between time spent on learning and time spent on social networks. As an educator Wenly tries to overcome this by encouraging students to take approach in reading and researching instead of spending time on social media.
Continuous success for Wenly occurs every day when she is teaching; being there for the students and seeing them excel is always encouraging and feels like a success. Our chat with Wenly ended with a slice of wisdom from the incredible teacher "Education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world".
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