Sandaun (West Sepik) Province is located between latitudes 2°35’ and 5°30’ South of the Equator and longitude 141° E and 143° E. The Province is the third largest province in land size in Papua New Guinea, covering an area of 36,616 square kilometres, which constitutes 7.7% of Papua New Guinea’s total land area. It shares provincial borders with Manus, East Sepik, Southern Highlands and Western Provinces, as well as an while international border with the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya to the west. It is the most north-westerly province of Papua New Guinea and has a road link to Indonesia from the provincial capital, Vanimo.

Provincial Profile

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Although the provision of education services in Sandaun Province has been one of the earliest in PNG, the progress thereafter has been slow. The number of educational institutions in the province does not equate with the population and there is disparity in the location of institutions between districts.