Thursday, 18 August, 2016 – Mendi Munhiu, SHP and Mul Baiyer, Western Highland Province|| Two more schools in the Highlands region have launched double classrooms that proudly funded by Digicel PNG Foundation.
Map Primary School in Mendi Munhiu District of Southern Highlands Province and Tondomong in Mul Baiyer in Western Highlands Province were recipients of the Digicel Foundation Funded Double Classroom kits, an investment of K480,000.
Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Beatrice Mahuru said education is vital to growth. It drives social and economic development.
“Providing young children with access to basic education is one of our five key focus areas in Digicel PNG Foundation. Children spend much of their time in classrooms to learn. It’s a place from where their dreams are developed and nurtured to aspire for success in the world.. Each time we fund one of these classrooms we give 80 more primary school students the resolve to aspire for greatness,” Ms. Mahuru said.
The Map Primary School double classroom was funded at a cost of K240,000 and consists of a steel double classroom building with teacher’s office space in between, 40 desks to cater for 80 students, teachers desks and chairs, solar lighting, 9000L water tank and two ventilation improved piping pit toilets and two bucket showers especially for young primary school aged girls going through changes in their bodies.
Also in attendance to witness the launching of Map Primary School Classrooms was for the Member for Mendi, Hon. De Kewanu who acknowledged Digicel as a model corporate Citizen in PNG.
Mr. Kenawu express his gratitude of the investment Digicel has made in his electorate and urged his people to look after the classrooms.
In the Southern and Western Highlands Provinces alone, Digicel PNG Foundation has reinvested K4.9million in various education and health projects. Tondomong Primary and Map Primary are among 31 schools Digicel PNG Foundation has funded to date.
Since 2008 Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 488 classrooms and 15 libraries, 23 Mobile Health Clinics, 6 rural Health Aid Posts, 3 Women’s Resource Centres, co-funded 5 Family Support Centres in partnership with UNICEF and NDoH; graduated 260 grassroots community based teachers in early childhood development and learning and over 16,000 men and women are now equipped with basic business skills.
900 people with special needs, their families and communities have been impacted by the Community Based Rehabilitation Program; and the Men of Honour Awards – a campaign against violence in PNG, is the latest to the Foundation’s development portfolio.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K55 million in PNG’s rural, remote and marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting over half a million people.