Walking In The Footsteps
At this very moment 12 months ago I was walking in the footsteps of my Grandfather, ‘Gunner’ Cecil John Lamb of the 2/4th Field Regiment of the Australian Army.
In 1943 my Grandfather walked these treacherous hills in dangerous conditions fighting a direct enemy threatening the freedom of his loved ones back home in Australia. Some 73 years later, I walked these same hills for a different reason.
In the second world war the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy angels’ helped our Australian troops. There is an organisation committed to giving back to the Papua New Guinean people and supporting them. “No Roads’ Expeditions provides health and education support including teacher training and education packs, giving back to projects that are worthwhile for the communities.
Over 14 days, 7 teachers walked the Kokoda track stopping and working with communities, schools and students. We gave resources, educational ideas and shared knowledge to a very grateful audience.
In one of the most remote communities in the world, watching these committed PNG teachers, John Hattie’s words rang in my ears “teachers are the difference”. A good teacher is a good teacher! Resources and ‘stuff’ don’t really matter, a good teacher changes lives!