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Our Manus Island library is now open

Buk bilong Pikinini opened its first library on Manus Island on the 19th of June. The library is located in Lorengau at the Manus University Centre and is sponsored by the Bank of South Pacific, Australian Aid and  long-term BbP donors. The land has been donated by the Manus Island District Administration through their Education Division.

The library has been greatly anticipated by the surrounding communities, who are looking forward to benefitting from this valuable community service. Manus Island has traditionally been a place where education has been highly valued and most children have had the opportunity to go to school. However, in recent years literacy levels have been on the decline and access to high quality literacy materials has been very minimal. It is part of Buk bilong Pikinini’s mission to put a strong focus on Early Childhood Learning as a key to literacy. Reaching children from an early age has a huge impact on development and subsequent academic performance as well as their opportunities in life.

Buk bilong Pikinini is greatly looking forward to serving the children from the Ward 5 community where the library is located. So far 30 young children have been enrolled to attend literacy, numeracy and awareness classes during school hours and to enjoy the more than 3000 books available on the shelves. School children will be able to come and enjoy the library and borrow books. 

 

 

Buk bilong Pikinini holds its first AGM

On Monday the 23rd of June Buk bilong Pikinini welcomed new members of the association, adopted a new constitution and elected new directors to the BbP Board. The new constitution or rules of the association has been tailor made for BbP by Stephen Massa who is a Partner at Gadens Lawyers in Port Moresby.

The Buk bilong Pikinini Association now counts more than 30 passionate members and 17 had received nominations for positions on our Board of Directors. The Buk bilong Pikinini Association has now elected 7 board directors as per below.

Picture above right from left; Stephen Massa, Buk bilong Pikinini Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Partner Gadens Lawyers, Allyson Young, Manager, Select PNG (Representative for Airways Hotel and Monier), Dr. Eliakim Tokacap Apelis, Acting Deputy Secretary Teaching and Education Standard, (Executive Officer - Luke Ebbs), Buk bilong Pikinini Founder, Chair and Canberra Office Director, Anne-Sophie Hermann, Julie Fraser, Head of Marketing and PR Bank of South Pacific, David Toua, General Manager Corporate Affairs Steamships Swire & Steven Winduo, Senior Lecturer UPNG, Literature and English Strand. Our Treasurer is Julie 

Congratulations to all!

The members of the BbP Association are; Ellen Warren (Nawae Constructions), Vanessa Kerton (Madness Photography), Richard Harms (Oxford University Press), Penny Bailey (Lifeline), Stephanie Copus-Campbell (Harold Mitchell Foundation), Andrew Kelly (WildDog Books), Alison Lester (Author & Illustrator), Brett Magnay (Seafast), Shaun Pini (Theodist), Raela Wari (Nasfund), John Ritchie (Hastings Deering), Jeffrey Vagalia (Cyberspace Consultancy), Alison Grimes (Price Waterhouse Coopers), Steven Winduo (Author & UPNG), Joanne Grenenger ( BbP Friends group), Agnes Taiyo (BbP Head Teacher Librarian), Pricilla Kare (PEAN), Stephen Massa (Gadens lawyers), Joanne Ronalds (Australian Aid), Stella Rumban (World Vision), David Toua (Steamships Swire), Julie Fraser (BSP), Allyson Young (Airways Hotel & Monier), Hera Vai (Express Freight Management), William Natera (Ausenco Foundation), Anne-Sophie Hermann (BbP Founder), Terry Lui (Department for Community Development), Paulus Pasbon (Cheshire Disability Services), Benson Hamambu (Save the Children), Dr. Eliakin Apelis (Department of Education), Richard Jones (VSO), Sylvia Pascoe (Pascoe Promotions).

 

 

 

 

Hon. Julie Bishop opens Tatana Island library

On Friday the 9th of May Buk bilong Pikinini opened a library with sponsorship from across the globe. This library marked the 15th library opening in Papua New Guinea and was officially opened by the Australian Foreign Minister Hon. Julie Bishop, Mahesh Patel of CPL and Community leaders.

The library at Tatana Island sits on a beautiful hilltop with a view across the sea and is a traditional Port Moresby fishing village. The land for the library has been generously made available by the Tatana Araira Church. The children have already started to come to their new library to enjoy literacy sessions and the many books available. 

The building has been built with a donation from the Swiss Embassy in Canberra and the funding to maintain the library is provided by Mahesh Patel, OBE, of City Pharmacy Limited, Australian Aid and long-term Buk bilong Pikinini donors. 

Hon. Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia said: “Today I am delighted to open a library near Port Moresby that, with Australia’s support, will help to improve children’s literacy and boost life opportunities in PNG.

The Buk bilong Pikinini – Books for Children – libraries provide age-appropriate reading material to children and their parents, and offer early childhood development and literacy programs, including for the parents of children attending.

More than any other skill, reading gives people the ability to learn, participate in formal education and teach themselves. It is the key to self-empowerment and economic independence.”

Mahesh Patel, OBE, of CPL said: “I have decided to donate my fees from my board chairman of Telikom PNG role to Buk bilong Pikinini to pay for the running costs at the Tatana Island library. I believe that the young children in the village will benefit from this library and I hope that our donation to the to the operations of the library will help improve and make a positive change in the in the lives of the children and the community as a whole.”

Founder of Buk bilong Pikinini, Anne-Sophie Hermann said: “This library represents an amazing collaboration between international corporate donors, an embassy, the Australian Government and a local fishing village. It is wonderful that so many people have come together to support the Tatana Island community Buk bilong Pikinini library to provide valuable learning opportunities for the children there. Buk bilong Pikinini is humbled by the support we currently receive from corporate donors as well as the Australian and PNG Government and believe that literacy is key to unlocking the cycle of poverty that the children and their families find themselves in. Australian Public/ and PNG Private partnerships has been a real vector of growth for Buk bilong Pikinini. ”

The Swiss Ambassador to Australia, H.E. Marcel Stutz said: “Fostering education and promoting literacy is one of the priorities of Swiss Development Cooperation worldwide. The Embassy of Switzerland is therefore delighted to have supported a project for the construction of a school library on Tatana Island.

I had the great pleasure to visit a library of Buk bilong Pikinini during my official visit to PNG in September last year. I was very much impressed by the great reading skills of the young children and by their enthusiasm to learn.

On the occasion of the opening of the “Swiss” library on Tatana Island, I would like to thank Buk bilong Pikinini and especially Anne-Sophie Hermann for her relentless efforts to realize this project. I wish the Tatana education team great success in bringing the world closer to the young generation of PNG.”

Luke Ebbs, Executive Officer of Buk bilong Pikinini said. “15 libraries is an incredible achievement, made possible through partnerships. We hope that these partnerships continue to prosper so that every town, village and community in PNG has access to the joy and wonder that can only be accessed through good books.”

 

 

Beautiful books

Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Harper Collins, Hachette, Allen & Unwin and Penguin for the donation of lovely new children's books. Many of the donated books are written and illustrated by Alison Lester and will be used for our upcoming Authors' Seminar in May.

All the donated books are beautiful Australian books, which will be greatly appreciated by the children coming to Buk bilong Pikinini libraries and will hopefully also inspire Papua New Guineans to start writing stories for children! Thank you also to Alison Lester for organising these donations.