Creating children's libraries in Papua New Guinea
The Australian Governor General visits BbP library
H.E. Quentin Bryce - the Australian Governor General visited our University of PNG library on Friday the 24th of April.
Children from Buk bilong Pikinini libraries and BbP staff from across Port Moresby were proud to welcome the Australian Governor general to BbP's library at UPNG for a special event. The children performed awareness songs for the GG and invited guests. The children also demonstrated their excellent phonics and reading skills acquired through the BbP Literacy, Numeracy and Awareness programme. The GG was very moved by what she saw and enjoyed the stories read to her by Lomana and Conrad - both 5 year old.
The event was also attended by Mrs. Linda O’Neill, wife of the PNG Prime Minister, the Australian High Commissioner H.E. Debra Stokes, donors, supporters, community members and all the parents of the children performing. To see the pictures of her visit - click here.
Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank you for attending our 2013 events in both Australia and PNG which has helped us raise funds to help more children across Papua New Guinea become literate.
We are looking forward to inviting you to more exciting events in 2014. In the meantime you can support Buk bilong Pikinini by making a donation through the website or make a purchase in our upcoming web shop. We will be selling our new documentary DVD "Literacy: The Buk bilong Pikinini Way" by Tania Nugent, beautiful cards with pictures of Buk bilong Pikinini children, stationary and more.
The Harold Mitchell Foundation supports BbP
Buk bilong Pikinini wishes to thank the Harold Mitchell Foundation for their donation of $50,000 of untied funding to support the organisation in it's efforts to establish children's libraries across Papua New Guinea. This donation is a fantastic support for Buk bilong Pikinini and will go a long way to help us reach the most vulnerable children in PNG.
Harold Mitchell and the Foundation's Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell paid a visit to a library in April this year and said:
"At the Harold Mitchell Foundation we support projects and people that make a difference. We are also committed to doing more in our region with our closest neighbours. We are proud to support Buk bilong Pikini as a great example of what can be accomplished with strong leadership and a model that delivers real and sustainable results."
The Harold Mitchell Foundation is now a Diamond sponsor of Buk bilong Pikinini.
New Documentary - "Literacy: The Buk bilong Pikinini Way".
The documentary follows the journey of the children coming to Buk bilong Pikinini libraries. Tania has spoken to children, parents, community leaders, the Minister for National Planning, the BbP Patron and donors in both PNG and Australia. The film is an excellent reflection of what life is like for Papua New Guinea's most vulnerable families living in settlements and the challenges they face on a daily basis.
Copies of the documentary can be purchased through our Canberra Office - please call Anne-Sophie on 02 61201801 to request your copy.
For a sneak preview of the documentary and a chance to donate please click here!
We need your help!
Almost half of school age children in Papua New Guinea are currently not enrolled at school and many girls and boys remain illiterate for life - with no access to public libraries or books.
Buk bilong Pikinini is trying to create awareness about the need for Early Childhood Learning and the need for all children to be able to access high quality literacy materials and learning opportunities.
We establish Children's libraries across Papua New Guinea with a Literacy, Numeracy and Awareness programme to help the most vulnerable children in their efforts to become literate. Please donate to help us empower the children of PNG through literacy!
To donate click here
We are very grateful for any donation you are able to make!
Buk bilong Pikinini was founded in March 2007 by Anne-Sophie Hermann (right) and Anna Mukerjee (left). Anne-Sophie Hermann is now based in Canberra and manages the Buk bilong Pikinini Canberra Office. The Papua New Guinea High Commission has generously provided her with an office - see Contact us for details.