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.  


Literacy Week Book Launch

BbP will launch young PNG Author Iriani Wanma’s Crocodile award winning story  “Oa the Grasshopper and Kaipa the Caterpillar” illustrated by the late Marlon Kuelinad. The reading will be introduced by BbP’s Ambassador Mrs. Lynda Babao-O’Neill.

Saturday 3rd of September at 11am

Buk bilong Pikinini is also keen to ensure that more high quality books with 100% PNG content is published, so the children can relate to the books they are given to read. The organisation has published two books under the PNG Reader Program, which are available for sale at Theodist. BbP is currently working on a number of new titles with PNG authors and illustrators, which are available for partners to sponsor.


Literacy Week Book Fair


Buk bilong Pikinini will be kick-starting Literacy Week with a huge Book Fair to be held at Murray Barracks on the 3 and 4th of September. BbP will be selling excess stock  at cheap prices to encourage parents and children to read together at home. The event is organised as an educational family fun day!

Saturday 3rd of September from 9-4pm

Sunday 4th of September from 10-2pm


BbP partners with PNG Air


BbP and PNG Air held an event at the BbP Koki Markets Library on Tuesday the 21 June to celebrate the signing of a partnership agreement. The children at the library will be took part in a paper plane competition to celebrate this important partnership.


The agreement with PNG Air, will support Buk bilong Pikinini in the organisations’ efforts to continue to provide a highly efficient Early Childhood Literacy program as well as access to books and literacy materials to low literacy communities in 6 provinces of PNG. 


The partnership will provide BbP with tickets to assist with the annual Port Moresby-based training of Teacher-librarians, in-library training, enrolment and monitoring of existing and upcoming libraries across PNG. The agreement also includes assistance with freight to keep a supply of more than 3000 high quality books and literacy materials at each BbP library.