Creating children's libraries in Papua New Guinea
We have a new Executive Officer
Buk bilong Pikinini has just welcomed Lucinda Gulluman-Kisip as our new Executive Officer.
She has had a busy start to the job with travels to Lae, visits from foreign dignitaries, Environment Day celebrations and the occasional opportunity to read with the children in the libraries. Lucinda comes with 15 years experience in working in the development sector and has a great passion for the vision and mission of Buk bilong Pikinini.
Lucinda said: "My 15 years of working in the Development sector has also ignited an interest in organisational development for NGOs in PNG and particularly in looking at how indigenious NGOs can grow and thrive in PNG. Working as the Key Partnerships Coordinator under the Australian Government funded Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen, I was part of a team that worked with BbP to develop it's organisational systems and strategic plans. Watching BbP grow from strength to strength has provided me with great job satisfaction. Hence, when the opportunity to join BbP presented itself, I jumped at it." Read more
Introducing Buk bilong Pikinini Early Readers
Buk bilong Pikinini is very excited to introduce our very first readers made for and with the children of PNG! The books entitled "Our Village: Tatana Island" and "Buk bilong Koki Markets" have been compiled in partnership with celebrated Australian Author and Illustrator Alison Lester, Publisher of WildDog books Andrew Kelly and the children coming to our libraries at Koki Markets and Tatana Island. These books have been developed to ensure that Buk bilong Pikinini library shelves carry more culturally appropriate books that the children can relate to.
To read more and see pictures from our launch at Theodist click here.
Manus Island library opening
Buk bilong Pikinini opened library number 16 on the 19th of June 2014. This time on beautiful Manus Island. The library has a nice view over the sea, two large class rooms and 60 children have been enrolled for literacy classes so far.
The whole community took part in the establishment and celebration for this library to be successfully opened. We would like to thank MP4CD for their persistence and support and the Bank of South Pacific for enabling BbP to establish a library in such a remote location. Read more and see the lovely pictures.
Australian Foreign Minister opens BbP's 15th library
Buk bilong Pikinini opened its 15th library on Friday the 9th of May at Tatana Island in Port Moresby with Hon. Julie Bishop, dignitaries, donors, the whole community and invited guests. It was a wonderful celebration for this mile stone opening!This library has been sponsored by the Swiss Embassy in Canberra, Mahesh Patel of CPL, Australian Aid and long term BbP donors.
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!
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We are very grateful for any donation you are able to make!
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