Paiakona Community Welcomes New Classroom Infrastructure


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Paiakona Community Welcomes New Classroom Infrastructure

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Paiakona Community Welcomes New Classroom Infrastructure

In the beautiful valleys of Tambul-Nebilyer District of the Western Highlands Province is the Paiakona Primary School. Set against a picturesque background of lush vegetation and the cool mountain air of Mt Hagen, this school is home to 340 students and 10 teachers. Paiakona Primary School was established in 1994 and affiliated to the Catholic Education Agency. The school whilst under the Catholic Mission has been fully supported and subsidized under the Tambul-Nebilyer District Administration and the Western Highlands Provincial Education Division. The Paiakona Community, through its own fundraising efforts, constructed a semi-permanent double classroom building, but despite the additional classroom, overcrowding remained an issue as the nearest Primary School is Minamb Primary School located in the Enga Province. Early this year, the Paiakona Community applied for Digicel PNG Foudnation funding for a double classroom and were successful.  On Tuesday 18th August in a beautiful opening ceremony filled with traditional regalia and dancing, the Digicel PNG Foundation funded Paiakona Primary School classroom was officially opened. During the opening ceremony Christine James, a Grade 8 student of Paiakona Primary School thanked the Foundation for selecting her school out of the many applications received and encouraged members of her community to look after the infrastructure and end violence in Papua New Guinea. “I appreciate the relationship Digicel PNG Foundation has with our community and know that we are one of the lucky schools to be given this infrastructure therefore I urge my fellow students and everyone to look after this classroom. Part of looking after this classroom means ending violence in our community and so I encourage everyone to end violence against men and women in Papua New Guinea.” Members of the Paiakona Community who contributed to the compiling of the documentation and funding application were Mamindi Pym and Pinjiki Wak who are also recipients of the Men of Honour Awards.

Paiakona Community Welcomes New Classroom Infrastructure