Friday, November 21, 2008
– Port Moresby:
the Digicel PNG Foundation launched its first school project today, the Barakau Primary School and Community Centre.
The Digicel PNG Foundation funded K250,000 towards the complete reconstruction of the new Barakau Primary School and Community Centre. The new facilities consist of 8 new classrooms, a library, a staff room, and a toilet block, and will accomodate at least 280 primary and elementary school children. A newly-installed water tank will ensure that the school has a continous supply of clean water.
Taking less than 4 months to complete, the project harnessed the human resources available in the local community, deploying skilled laborers from Barakau village. These were complemented by unemployed youths from the Morata Vocational Centre, who hand-crafted 84 double school desks for the Barakau school, as part of their carpentry training course initiated by the Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation and Yumi Lukautim Mosbi Projek.
The MP for Kairuku Hiri, Hon. Mr. Paru Aihi, officially launched the new Barakau Primary School and Community Centre. He said:
“Today is a wonderful day for the Barakau community as they have been given an essential new resource which will help the community develop in a positive way. Barakau’s children now have a solid roof above their heads to keep them dry, promoting a productive learning environment and a higher quality of education. The elementary school classrooms will double up as a Community Centre in the afternoons and evenings to support community-organised activities. This project is a perfect example of the realisation of the new government policy for Integrated Community Development which focuses on strengthening families and the community by providing access to learning and knowledge for all in line with our international obligations.”
Marina van der Vlies, CEO of the Digicel Foundation said: “We are proud to be launching the first Digicel Foundation school project here in Barakau village today. After nearly 4 months of hard work we are very happy with the end result. We hope that this new school will be a new start for the many children in Barakau and the surrounding villages and will help them grow into strong and self supportive young adults. Thank you for the warm support we received from the community and we hope to continue the fruitful relationship with Barakau”.