Buk bilong Pikinini (books for children) is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, which aims to establish children's libraries and foster a love of reading and learning. In PNG there are few functioning libraries outside the school system and most children do not have access to books at all.
The purpose of Buk bilong Pikinini is to focus on early childhood learning as a key to literacy. Only half of school-age children go to school and the literacy rate in PNG is well under the 50% officially claimed - in some areas as low as 5%. We aim to bring the books to the children via the creation of small Buk bilong Pikinini libraries in community based localities such as near settlements, clinics and market places. We collect books from private individuals and publishing houses and seek to obtain funding for our libraries through various fundraising efforts as well as through corporate sponsorships.
Buk bilong Pikinini was established in 2007 and has so far set up seventeen children's libraries across PNG with many more to come. Buk bilong Pikinini libraries do not only function as normal libraries - we employ trained teacher-librarians who implement a comprehensive Early Childhood Development and Literacy Programme as well as an Awareness Programme targeting important health and societal issues.
You can visit all of our libraries by going to the Libraries category in the drop down menu and also see our programmes and special events. Please support us in our effort to make vulnerable PNG children happy readers!