The Digicel Foundation strives to support projects that provide opportunities that will inspire and build positive energy in its citizens, which will in turn lead to stronger, self sufficient communities. The Mobile Learning Centre here in Talai is the realization of Digicel Foundation’s vision to make a difference and play a positive role in peoples lives in PNG.
The Talai community set up their own pre-school , the Talai pre-school, 2 years ago under the trees, with it own voluntary teachers trained through the Moresby South Community Pre- School Association. Other programmes that have been initiated through the community are adult literacy and awareness as well as activities for the youth to keep them away from drugs, alcohol and criminal activities. All fundraising activities to keep these programmes running have been done by the community themselves. The community have shown that they are well capable of looking after themselves but to keep these programmes running they desperately needed a secure resource centre to store school materials as well as sewing machines, drum ovens and other materials in as well as proper infrastructure against the rain and dust.
It is the Digicel Foundation’s belief that this Mobile Learning Centre will help the Talai community grow even more by giving the community access to a safe and secure community facility to be used as a school, library, resource centre and community learning centre for various kinds of training such as adult literacy, skilled-based training, cooking and sewing for women, and HIV/AIDS awareness depending on the specific needs of the community.
This is only the beginning as the Digicel Foundation has earmarked several other communities in POM such as 6 Mile, 9 Mile, Morata and Taurama village for the launch of a Mobile Learning Centre over the next month. Digicel Foundation plans on rolling out at least 25 MLC’s in PNG over the next 6 months.Besides the roll out of Mobile Learning Centres the Foundation is completely rebuilding a primary and elementary school with 8 class rooms (including black boards and new school desks), a staff room, a library, a toilet block and a water tank in Barakau village, Central Province within a 4 month time frame. The school launch will take place during November.