Education is the single biggest opportunity one can give a child. Through our educational infrastructure development projects, Digicel PNG Foundation has increased access to quality, inclusive education infrastructure in Papua New Guinea.
Digicel PNG Foundation to date has built 53 Early Learning Halls, 176 classrooms for Primary Schools and 134 Elementary school Classrooms along with 32 Libraries in Papua New Guinea. This is a total investment of USD 22.292 million. Since the phase-out of elementary schools in Papua New Guinea’s education system, Digicel PNG Foundation had steered away from building elementary school infrastructure this financial year, however, emphasis will be placed on early learning centers.
A guiding principle of ours is to ensure there is community ownership of all our projects. Schools that are beneficiaries of our classroom projects are required to commit sweat equity to assist our projects team. Some schools have raised project fees to contribute towards the building of the classrooms.
Each school education infrastructure project consists of two classrooms with desks, an office space, a water tank, two Ventilation Improved Pit (VIP) toilets and solar lighting. We also include bucket showers with the classrooms we build for Primary Schools. Thanks to our partnership with Atlas Steel, the Foundation is able to produce steel building materials at a discounted price. We also have a dedicated team of local building contractors that we work with to build classrooms. These contractors have traversed every district of the country with our team to build classrooms!