Digicel PNG Foundation has proudly launched its first urban classroom infrastructure project with the official opening of Bomana Elementary School in the National Capital District. “Digicel PNG Foundation’s focus is rural, remote and socially marginalised communities of Papua New Guinea and this is where majority of our footprint can be found. However the same issues that are faced in rural and remote communities are also faced in our urban schools too. The launching of Bomana Elementary School is an important milestone for us as this is the first urban classroom project the Foundation is investing in. We are pleased to assist the school with providing additional classroom space for the overcrowding currently experienced in some classes,” said Beatrice Mahuru, CEO of Digicel PNG Foundation. Digicel PNG Foundation’s total investment in Bomana Elementary School Classroom project comes at a total cost of K140,000 and consists of a fully electrically wired double classroom with a teacher’s office space in between, 40 desks, 3 teachers desks and chairs and 5000 litre water tank. Chairman of the Bomana Elementary School Board, Charles Ombi, expressed his gratitude to Digicel PNG Foundation for selecting their school to be the first recipients of the Foundation’s urban projects. “We want to sincerely thank the Board and Management of Digicel PNG Foundation for selecting our school to be the very first recipients of the Foundation’s urban projects. We know there are many schools within the City and our urban areas that are facing the same issues as our school and we feel so fortunate to have been chosen out of all of them. Please be assured that the Board, teachers, students and community will take full ownership of this classroom and look after it for the generations to come,” Mr Ombi said. Established in 1994, Bomana Elementary School relocated from its current location from Laloki. The school also has 2 permanent classrooms which caters to its 500 plus students. There is a large urban population comprising of a mixture of ethnic groups from all over Papua New Guinea who reside in the 9 Mile area from the squatter community of Morobe Block to Bomana whose children attend this school.