Our Vision

Our vision is to develop the abundant human resource in this province, through the implementation of the national education and also community based curriculum. To mould and prepare our children for a prosperous life through,
formal employment in the government’s public service work force or its statutory bodies, or in the private sector workforce; or
• engaging in self-employment; or
• involving in a sustainable living and so contribute towards this nation’s development. Through formal or informal employment, Simbus shall also mobilize resources and develop their communities, villages and the province as a whole.

Mission Statement

To provide quality education for our children, enabling them for employment or for a sustainable living in the community - through commitment, dedication, perseverance and discipline.

Education for All Goals

The six Education for All goals that were agreed to by all nations at Jomtien, Thailand, in 1990 and
reaffirmed in Dakar, Senegal, which Papua New Guinea has committed to are:
• Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
• Ensuring that by 2015 all children have access to free and compulsory primary education of good
• The learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate
learning and life skills programs.
• Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015.


Simbu acquired its name from the pioneer explorers, Taylor/Leahy brothers in 1933. The Taylor/Leahy brothers’ expedition into the interior highlands brought them to Simbu and as far as Mt. Hagen. As they travelled through Simbu, they traded salt, beads, axes, bush knives etc. with the people in return for food, pigs and friendship.

The people received goods and expressed their gratitude and appreciation by saying “Simbuuuu, Simbuuuu, Simbuuuu”. The Taylor/Leahy brothers thought that these people called themselves Simbus, so they named them Simbus. The province later acquired the name Simbu as an appreciative word usually expressed after receiving goods and services. We define Simbu as Thank you.


The opening of primary schools by the Catholic Mission at Dimbi (Mingende) dates back to 1934 and at Gembogl in the upper Simbu to 1935. (“They went out to sow”, Fr. John Nilles, SVD pg 53). The first Government primary school was opened at Gon in 1937. By that time the Lutheran missionary William Bergmann had settled at Ega. Around that time the Lutheran church is believed to have opened Ega School. The schools were established initially to train interpreters and lay missionaries, or catechists to spread the Good News.
About 70 years on from those humble beginnings, the educations services to the people of Simbu have expanded to all corners of Simbu. A lot of Simbu intellectuals are employed in all fields of work in PNG. Some of our Simbu intellectuals have been employed overseas. The Division continues to aspire to develop the human resources so abundant in Simbu. The statistics in Table 1 show the achievements since these humble beginnings.

Students celebrating Children's Day at a Primary School in Simbu.
A reminder for children written infront of a classroom.
Head Teacher with other staff at Kundiawa Lutheran Day High School .
Welding student of Kundiawa Technical Vocational doing practical.
Female students of Kundiawa Technical Vocational enjoying an afternoon game.
ICT Technical officer doing installation of power supply at Simbu PDOE payroll office.