Students of Daugo Elementary School on Fisherman’s Island are celebrating the launch and official opening of their new double classroom funded by the Digicel PNG Foundation. Established in 1983, the Daugo Elementary School has not seen any new infrastructure since that time. Daugo Elementary School has a total enrolment of 126 students which make up 6 classes. Five classes are taught in the classrooms while one class is taught under the Okari tree adjacent to the old building. The Daugo Elementary School project is valued at K140,000 and consists of a steel frame double classroom structure with an office space in between, 20 desks, 5000 litre water tank, 2 ventilation improved piping toilets and solar lighting. During the launch, community members expressed their gratitude to the Foundation for the infrastructure. Acting Board Chairman of the Daugo Elementary School, Paul Henry, thanked the Foundation on behalf of the school board: “This new classroom is both a blessing and a privilege. From nothing we have received something and we are amazed at the speed of how things have progressed. Our submission was sent in, in October 2014, the project was approved in November and by December we saw the barge bringing in the materials to our island. Construction started in January and continued through to February and now we’re launching the building in March. This new classroom is a welcome gift for us to start the school year. The whole community admires this building and we know for sure that this building will provide the conducive learning environment our children and teachers need,” said Mr Henry. Being on an island, the community depends on the sea for their survival with fishing being their main source of income. With the recent strong winds and the high cost of commuting to and from the island to sell their fish and purchase their food supplies, the people of Daugo share that it’s getting harder to survive and so young children and youth are encouraged to take their education seriously as it is the key to their earning an income. Beatrice Mahuru, CEO of Digicel PNG Foundation emphasized to the community on how education is the single biggest opportunity that can be given to a child: “Education is the difference between our young children growing up with a bright future and our young children wasting their potential and not making anything of themselves. Digicel PNG Foundation has seen how new classroom infrastructure has boosted the morale of schools and changed the attitudes of young children towards their education. It has been a blessing to witness this transformation in other schools and it’s my hope that the same transformation takes place in Daugo Elementary School.” Daugo Elementary School is located on Fisherman’s (Daugo) Island in the Moresby South Electorate of the National Capital District. A boat ride from Ela Beach to Fisherman’s Island takes approximately 30 minutes.