Buk bilong Pikinini libraries are literally bursting with children!
These days you are more likely to see children lining up outside a tech store rather than outside a library. Not so in Papua New Guinea - Buk bilong Pikinini libraries are literally bursting with children! We counted over 20,000 library visits to our eight libraries in March alone. Every day of the week offers Literacy- and Numeracy-based Learning programme with a syllabus that has been especially developed for Papua New Guinea. The programme is designed to provide the children with the basic necessary skills, such as letter and number recognition, pencil grip and discipline, to successfully start school. We aim to inspire the children to pick up the reading habit and keep it for life!
Buk bilong Pikinini is trying to cater for those children who miss out on a formal education, are by reason of illness or disability missing out on schooling. The libraries are, of course, open to all children and so also welcome a large number of school children after school in the afternoons.
Indeed, it is estimated, that 680,000 children aged 6-14 are currently out of school and the country has, despite recent improvements, some of the poorest sets of enrolment indicators worldwide: less than 50 percent of children are enrolled in some provinces and districts. There is also some disturbing data, which indicates, that the majority of those who have attended primary school are either non or semi-literate.
Please go to Literacy and PNG for more.