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Please welcome our new Executive Officer


BbP has engaged Henry Ume as our new Executive Officer. Henry has joined us from the Coalition for Change and has been busy putting new systems and procedures in place and getting us ready for a successful year. Henry is supported by Deputy Executive Officer Leanne Resson, who was promoted earlier this year! Expect great things from this team!

BbP will be celebrating 10 years

2017 is a milestone year for Buk bilong Pikinini and we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary on the 8th of April with a big “Back to School” party.

The “Back to School” party will be a celebration of the organisations' achievements over the past 10 years and will include a screening of our new documentary entitled “Turning the page: Illiteracy in Papua New Guinea” by Tania Nugent. The documentary will be introduced by Peter Botten, CEO of Oil Search, who has sponsored the documentary and also supports the creation of libraries through the Oil Search Foundation.

The tickets will be sold for K500 per person and K5000 for a table and will go towards ensuring that Buk bilong Pikinini can continue to provide life-changing programs for the children of Papua New Guinea in the future.  We aim to raise 500,000 Kina to support the expansion and maintenance of our libraries and programs across Papua New Guinea. We wish to continue to provide PNG children with an opportunity to have the best possible start to their education journey - wherever they might live in PNG.

The celebration will be held at the Gateway Hotel, courtesy of Steamships Ltd. which has supported Buk bilong Pikinini with libraries in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka since 2009. 

The evening will include a 3 course meal, beverages, lots of gifts and prizes, auction and entertainment. It will be a trip down memory lane with fun and games. BbP is looking forward to spending an enjoyable evening with partners and friends.

The Dress Code is Tropical Formal but please do hesitate to bring your pencil case, reading glasses, school uniform and of course an apple for the teacher ...

To book your tickets please contact: Elizabeth Omeri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 7663 0683 or 320 0625

Rugby League stars become our Ambassadors

Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to have the support of our two new role model Youth Ambassadors Justin Olam & Aase Boas, from the SP Hunters Rugby League Team to inspire PNG children to read. BbP received great support from the players, team and management during Literacy Week for our events and TV ad.

BbP presented the SP Hunters with framed certificates as a gesture of our appreciation and were lucky to receive a signed jersey in return. We will have the jersey framed and will be auctioning it off at our 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser on the 8th of April 2017.

If you have not yet seen our TV ad featuring stars Justin and Aase have a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWQeIY1wNk&feature=youtu.be - they did a fantastic job!

Justin Olam will be playing for the Melbourne Storm for the next couple of years but will still be involved when he is home playing for PNG. 

Thank you SP Hunters!

 

 

Tari community library opened with the Oil Search Foundation

    

 

Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) celebrated the opening of a library at the Kuluanda Primary School in Tari, Hela Province, on Tuesday the 25th of October 2016.

 

This library is the result of a partnership between the Oil Search Foundation , the Hela Pronvincial Administration, the Catholic Diocese and BbP. This library opening will be the eighteenth for BbP and is part of the organisations new Buk bilong Komuniti Program, which seeks to re-establish school libraries and to train community educators and teachers to run independent community based libraries. 

The establishment of the Kuluanda Primary school library has been made possible a long term partnership with the Oil Search Foundation, which has a strong commitment to address illiteracy in Gulf, Southern Highlands and Hela - where literacy levels are among the lowest in the country. For this particular library, the land has  been generously donated by the Kuluanda Primary School and the Tari District Administration. Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to Oil Search MD, and Chair of the Oil Search Foundation Peter Botten for his tremendous holistic support for the largely illiterate communities surrounding the operations of the company. 

Peter Botten, Managing Director Oil Search and Chair of Oil Search Foundation, said: 

“Today, we are delighted to open our literacy library, in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Mendi, the Hela Education department and Buk bilong Pikinini. This marks the launch of our first major project under our new leadership and education program.

When we considered where to focus this program, we started by asking communities to tell us their priorities. Consistently, improving literacy was at the top of the list.”

The library opening was celebrated by the whole community and included a delegation from the Australian Parliament including Hon. Senator Penny Wong, BbP's Ambassador Lynda Babao O'Neill, the Provincial Administration, the Catholic Diocese, Save the Children staff, representatives from the Department of Education and the Oil Search Foundation team.