On the cusp of Papua New Guinea's 40th Independence Anniversary, St Stephen’s New town Elementary School celebrated the opening of its new double classroom infrastructure funded by Digicel PNG Foundation. From its humble beginnings under a Mango tree across the road, then a shed, a bush material classroom and a semi-permanent classroom, St Stephen’s Newtown Elementary School now has one of the best classrooms for its students and teachers to continue their education journey in. Head Teacher, Ipai Sakaria, informed the crowd during the classroom launching that the Abau District Education Standards Officer after completing his inspection had said the classroom was the best classroom he'd seen in the whole Cloudy Bay Area. "We were very happy to hear the officer say that because this new classroom has brought such a feeling of pride to our school. For years, our students have been sitting on the ground in our semi-permanent classroom and when it rains they cannot come to school because the classroom gets water logged. With the 40 new desks in our new classrooms our students can sit properly and learn. This will truly make a difference for their future," said Mr Sakaria. The Newtown Elementary School Classroom Project comes at a total cost of K140, 000 and consists of a double classroom building with an office space in between, 40 desks, 3 teacher’s desks and chairs, solar lighting, 5000 litre water tank and 2 ventilation improved piping pit toilets. The project was constructed in 6 weeks and was deemed fit for use after the necessary inspections and quality assurance checks were conducted. Chief Executive Officer of Digicel PNG Foundation, Beatrice Mahuru said, "We are delighted to be part of this launch and sincerely thank everyone who contributed to making it all happen. A classroom is only a classroom if students and teachers don't utilise it so my encouragement and challenge today is for students and teachers to utilise it fully and take care of it. As we prepare to cross the threshold of our 40th Independence Anniversary and in the words of 'Papua oi natumu', let us wake our children, let us teach them, let us encourage them to be good citizens and make a difference for PNG."