To produce high quality culturally-appropriate books for children attending BbP libraries and elementary schools across Papua New Guinea.
Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) aims to foster a life-long love of learning, increase literacy rates and empower vulnerable children through the establishment of children’s libraries and the delivery of literacy programs in target communities across PNG. A key resource required to achieve this mission is children’s books. In PNG, most children have limited access to books due to the lack of public and school libraries and bookshops.
There is a need to develop PNG reading materials tailored to the specific cultural and educational needs of PNG children. BbP believes that in order to foster a love of reading among PNG children, there is a need to develop books with stories and illustrations that PNG children can relate to.
BbP’s Early Childhood Literacy program is delivered through 12 monthly themes, including:
Health and Hygiene
BbP aims to produce books and readers which touch upon these themes to ensure that we help the children and their families understand some of the most important health and safety messages which thy can use in their daily lives.
We are looking forward to working with new and existing partners to sponsor the books and readers.
Each book/reader will be branded with the sponsors’ logo and include a quote on the end pages of the book/reader. The themes could, on some occasions, be tailored to align closely with the messages individual sponsors are aiming to promote. A transport company, for example, may choose to sponsor a story book or a reader about road safety, while a bank may sponsor a reader about financial literacy.
There will be a number of books and readers relating to each of BbP’s monthly themes to choose from. These books and readers will form a set that will be distributed to all BbP libraries as well as elementary schools across PNG. The more books sponsored by each donor, the wider the distribution of the readers.
Sponsors will be able to support Buk bilong Pikinini with;
Classic BbP Starter (for children who cannot yet read) which will come in the form of board books or readers with very little text and big images.
Images (illustrations or photographs) will be prominent and educational.
￼Readers (for children who are starting to learn read - various levels available)